Ongoing sale at Harvey and Friends bookshop

A patron checks out the selection at the First Friday sale in April.

On the second floor of the Lee Road Library, tucked away next to the bridge, is a used bookshop full of novels, all categories of nonfiction, children’s books, reference books, audio books, tapes and CDs.

The store is known for its low prices and it is open whenever the library is open. If no attendant is there, the store operates on the honor system. Patrons make their choices and pay at the circulation desk downstairs.

Called Harvey and Friends, the store’s name is a shout-out to Harvey Pekar, who was a stalwart customer of the Friends of the Heights Libraries book sales. The Friends organization has promoted interest in, and appreciation of, the award-winning Heights Libraries for 50 years, mostly by selling used books. The current bookshop opened in 2011 to supplement the traditional book sales.

On the first Friday of every month there is a special sale in the bookshop, with a different theme each month. This month, fiction books will sell for $2 a bag.

The Friends’ annual Mega Book Sale will run from Thursday, May 2 through Sunday, May 5. Typically held in the downstairs meeting rooms, the sale will expand beyond the walls of the upstairs bookshop. Everything in the store will be for sale. Thursday night is an exclusive preview for Friends members, 5–8:30 p.m. The sale will be open to the general public on Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. On Sunday, from 1–5 p.m., book lovers can fill a whole bag with books for $4.

Friends of the Heights Libraries sells donated books, and the Heights community is very generous. Now’s the time to think about spring cleaning or downsizing, and donate good quality books, tapes, CDs and audio books to the Heights Libraries for the sale. Small donations are accepted at the Lee Road Library customer service desk. Larger donations may be dropped off at the loading dock (north of the main entrance off the parking lot on Lee Road) during business hours. Friends also sells library books that have been taken out of circulation.

Become a Friends member for an annual fee of $10. To become a member or to renew your membership, visit

The group also needs attendants at the bookshop and helpers at book sales. Volunteers gather most Tuesday evenings for one hour to sort donated books. To volunteer, call 216-932-3600, ext. 234.

Louisa Oliver

Louisa Oliver, resident of Cleveland Heights, is president of the Friends of the Heights Libraries and former director of the Heights Parent Center, now Family Connections.

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