The Book-Go-Round, the Friends' used bookstore in downtown Saratoga, first opened 32 years ago on March 17th 1983 in the original Saratoga Library building on Oak Street. Initially it shared the space with the Valley Institute of Theatre Arts who had a business office and a ticket booth on the left side of the building. The Book-Go-Round began with 36 volunteers and was open only a few days a week, for a few hours each day. There was no storage, so donations were shelved soon after they came in. That first year the bookstore had total sales of $11,300. Fast forward to 2014. We now have 155 volunteers, are open 7 days a week and at the Saratoga Library have a sorting room, storage sheds and the Cafe Bookstore, our value priced retail area in the library. This past 12 months we had total sales of over $144,000, including Auctions and Paperback sales. We have come a long way.


The BGR has 55 category sections ranging from Americana to Writing. We have a large assortment of "current to collectible" books as well as CD's, DVD's, VHS, Audio books, sheet music and records - all at a price that really can't be beat. New books are shelved regularly with children's books added almost daily. We also have a "New Arrivals" area, which showcases books of current interest, titles that are new to the store, and other specially chosen books. Up on top of the bookcases, we have Encyclopedia sets, special literature collections and various other sets of interest to collectors.


If you haven't been to the Book-Go-Round recently or have yet to cross the threshold - please stop by, say hello to the Friends volunteers and take a look at what we have to offer. There are many treasures, not-so hidden on the shelves and display areas. You can take a seat, enjoy the classical music and read a book if you wish. You could even volunteer if you love books and find yourself looking for something rewarding to do. The Book-Go-Round welcomes you!




We’ll be open late SATURDAY Nov. 26 too! 10 am – 8 pm

Enjoy hot apple cider and other treats while you shop



Visit our bookstore, in downtown Saratoga’s historic first library, and select gifts for family & friends - or yourself!

Choose from a wide array of great books including children's, all in beautiful condition and reasonably priced.

Don’t know what to buy for someone? We have Book-Go-Round Gift Certificates to make it easy.

Holiday themed books & CDs also for sale.

BGR Holiday Hours

Closed Thanksgiving

Friday Nov 25, evening only 5 – 9 pm

Saturday, Nov 26, 10 am - 8 pm

Saturday Dec 24, 10 am – 3 pm

Closed Christmas Day & New Year’s Day

New Year’s Eve 10 am– 5 pm

Two additional used-book sale locations

The Friends have two additional used book sale locations:

  • The Friends Café Bookstore located in the Saratoga Library

  • The Bookshelves at the Joan Pisani Community Center, located in the lounge area of the community center

Book-Go-Round Begins 32nd Year

Congratulations to all BGR volunteers, past & present.


Special thanks to BGR manager: Bobbi Stek; store volunteer coordinators: Jan Barisich and Carol Lazzarino; PBSale coordinator: Mary Swentzel; sorting room manager: Cathy Foscato, and these dedicated, hardworking haulers, sorters, category caretakers, and regular paperback sale set-up/break-down crew:​

Dean Andrus

Claire Campodonico

Yasuko Corbet

Mary Jeanne Fenn

Karen Grebené

Tom Howell

Alan King

Susan Latshaw

Marilyn Manies

Carol Neumann

Claudia Stopp

Jeanne Wilson

Marilyn Bierach

Art Carroll

Rod Cornell

Jill Fine

Sue Harrison

Wayne Innamorato

Jerry Kraus

Ron Leckie

Ralph Manies

Betty Peschke

Mary Swentzel

Ken Witthaus

Dorsey Braunstein

Sylvia Carroll

Jill Curcelli

Larry Fine

Pat Himel

Joan Jordan

Marlene Lamb

Ron Lingelbach

John McElravey

Kathleen Shaw

Peter Swentzel

Nancy Witthaus

Candy Brooks

Cynthia Carter

Terry Donn

Karen Fitt

John Holt

I-Ming Kao

Yvonne Lampshire

Bette Loomis

Loretta Meyer

Bobbi Stek

Roberta Tung

Peggy Yetter

William Brooks

Alice Chiou

Marta Drudis

Cathy Foscato

Diane Howell

Fleur Kettmann

Gary Latshaw

Nancy Luttrull

Martha Morvec

Kerstin Stone

Don Wilson

Book-Go-Round and Library Cafe Bookstore stock is refreshed on a regular basis thanks to these volunteers

Volunteer Opportunities

The Book-Go-Round has volunteer openings, especially on Saturday and Sunday. If you have 2 to 3 hours a month and love books and meeting interesting people, the BGR may be the place for you. For more information call Jan Barisich at 408-379-7970, and pick up a volunteer application at the store or download via the BGR website. It’s a great way to “give back” to our community.

The Friends does not sell, or make available externally, its membership list. Friends is a 501 (c)(3) organization EIN 94-2831256. Your membership and donations are tax deductible as allowable by law. Donations made after July 1 are included in the following membership year.