Saddleback College’s Friends of the Library has moved their store down to the Village sector of the campus pending the library’s ongoing renovation.
The organization, which provides affordable books, movies and music to students are primarily funded by donations, but also carry books that have been removed from the college’s library collection.
“We carry anything and everything,” said librarian Ana Maria Cobos. “When donations come to us of used materials, textbooks, CDs, DVD’s and books from the library we give them to the Friends to see if they can sell them.”
Prices range from .25 cents for single paperback books to dollar sets. The store, which operates on the honor system, has been serving the campus for over 20 years.
All money collected by the store goes to scholarships and materials needed by the library.
“In the past they have bought really expensive reference sets or they’ve bought us equipment that we didn’t have money for,” said Cobos. “It all goes back to students.”
While the store is open to everyone, most shoppers are Saddleback students looking for bargain novels.
“I’ve found some really good books laying hidden in between others,” said Dan Long, 20, undecided. “Just because the prices are so cheap doesn’t mean that the stuff they sell are in horrible shape. A lot of these books are in excellent condition.”