Used Book Sales

Friday Preview Book Sales for Member of Friends of The San Pedro Library only. Fridays 2-5 p.m.

Saturdays 11-4 p.m. open to the public.

We also have our own store within the Library which is open Monday-Saturday from 1-5 p.m.

You may join the Friends Group at any of the Book Sales or contact the Branch Librarian.

Donations accepted during book store and book sale hours.

2015-2016 Book Sale dates:

Fri Dec 4Sat Dec 5
Fri Jan 8Sat Jan 9
Fri Feb 5Sat Feb 6
Fri Mar 4Sat Mar 5
Fri Apr 1Sat Apr 2
Fri May 6Sat May 7
Fri Jun 3Sat Jun 4
Fri Jul 1Sat Jul 2
Fri Aug 5Sat Aug 6
Fri Sep 2Sat Sep 3
Fri Sep 30Sat Oct 1
Fri Nov 4Sat Nov 5
Fri Dec 2Sat Dec 3

Contact Us at

Library Tel: 310-548-7779
931 S. Gaffey St.
San Pedro, CA 90731

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Download the "History of San Pedro Library". A Powerpoint presentation that was presented on August 10, 2013 for the 125th Anniversary Celebration.

Welcome Friends

The Friends of the San Pedro Library is a non-profit organization of library supporters who take a passionate interest in helping the San Pedro Regional Branch to be a vital part of our community as an information center.

What we do

We provide financial suport to:

How we do it

We raise funds through used book sales, cook book sales, the bookstore, membership dues and tax-deductible donations.

Do up-to-date active libraries matter to you?

The Los Angeles Public Library, which includes the San Pedro Regional Library, has long been ranked among the nation's top 10. Even so, there are not enough dollars in the budget to fund all the exciting, involving, inspiring programs.

That is why the Friends of San Pedro Library was founded in 1972 by a group of forward thinking, civic minded, book loving readers.

Today the Friends continue to promote reading through books, magazines, programs and information technology for the 21st century.

History of Friends


September 1973, Anne Rumery (librarian), Phyllis Ackerman, Sean Flynn, Lucille Regan, Emmy Ruud and Annette Stephenson met specifically to discuss the need for a new library building. Sean Flynn was elected as the first President and Phyllis Ackerman, Leo Gattoni, Carol Haagenson, Lucille Regan, and Annette Stephenson became the first members of the Board of Directors.

From that time onward, members spent untold hours in gathering support, attracting new memberships and collecting signatures for petitions.

The future of the library was at stake in 1981 when land purchase fell short by $20,000. The Friends were able to raise the funds needed to complete the purchase by asking for contributions from individuals as well as organizations, unions and private businesses. The community came to the rescue with great generosity.

The Friends worked diligently to help secure the new Library, which was finally finished and dedicated on May 18, 1983. The fund raising committee consisted of: Anne Gusha, Carrie Stock, Joseph Zaninovich, Nicholas Zorotovich, Joseph Monti, Dorothea Gillingham and Phyllis Ackerman.

History of the stained glass window

Stained Glass Window

The lovely stained glass window facing Gaffey Street was designed by Florence Unkeless in 1980 for a prize of $100. She was the wife of George Unkeless, President of The Friends. Photo by Pat Lynch.

An early activity

Phyllis Ackerman

Phyllis Ackerman, pictured in a dark jumper, and her group of merry volunters started and serviced a program, “Service To Shut-Ins”, which was later changed to “Books On Legs.” Readers who were unable to visit the Library, were visited on a regular basis. The Volunteers brought, books, and magazines; all to please and meet the requests from the readers. Sometimes, homemade cookies were brought. But always they brought good cheer.

Our world-famous cookbooks

Friends have published two cookbooks, “Around The World-Around Our Town” (1986) and “Around The World-Around Our Town”(1998). The books are composed of recipes from local cooks in San Pedro and restaurants, which are mostly gone now. They are truly a piece of local history and if you are interested in purchasing them, they are on sale in the Library Bookstore at $8.00 or the two for $15.00. A true bargain and all the money raised goes toward supporting our programs at the Library.

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Want to be on our email list so you can get notifications and information about Friends of San Pedro Library? Please send an email to our membership chairperson Carol Higgs at Type “Friends of San Pedro Library email address” on the subject line and put your name and address in the email so that we can identify you properly. Membership renewals, newsletters, and reservation forms will still be sent through US mail. Thank you!ヽ(•‿•)ノ