Come visit our bookstores

Mesa Verde Library Bookstore


Located behind the library at

2969 Mesa Verde Drive East

Open Tuesday through Sunday, 1 - 4 pm

Closed Mondays and holidays.

Donald Dungan Library Bookstore


Located inside the new

 Donald Dungan Library

1855 Park Avenue

Open all library hours

Mon - Thurs: 10-7

Fri - Sun: 9-5

Collectible Books


Looking to buy or donate collectible/rare books?

The Friends of the Costa Mesa Libraries used book stores encourage you to buy and donate books that may have a collectible value.  All donations are 100% tax deductible.  Our collectibles pricing system ensures that The Friends of the Costa Mesa Libraries obtains maximum value for these donations and that collectors can easily find titles they are seeking.  

Our collectible books are showcased at both the Donald Dungan and Mesa Verde Bookstores.  Dungan bookstore hours are Mon-Thurs: 10-7, Fri-Sun: 9-5.  Mesa Verde bookstore hours are 1:00 to 4:00pm Tuesday through Sunday,  closed Mondays and holidays.

If you live at a distance, we suggest you call during business hours to see if the item is still available.   The Friends' phone is 714-438-0517.  Interested collectors may reserve  items by phone. 

Below is our current list of items for sale.  Please check back often as we are always adding new books and items!    

Please email our store at for details on these books and other collectibles.

Collectibles at Donald Dungan

The Bold Dry Garden


 Ruth Bancroft is a dry gardening pioneer. Her lifelong love of plants led to the creation of one of the most acclaimed public gardens, The Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, California. The Bold Dry Garden offers unparalleled access to the garden and the extraordinary woman responsible for it. In its stunningly photographed pages, you’ll discover the history of the garden and the design principles and plant palette that make it unique. 

Available as a group for $100 or priced individually.


 The definitive sourcebook of garden ideas from the "godfather" of contemporary garden designers. Combining 40 years of experience from all over the world, John Brookes' Garden Master Class is the most definitive book of garden design you'll ever own. With conversational text, extraordinary full-color photography, and annotated sketches, John Brookes demonstrates how to transform any garden. Each chapter is devoted to a single design concept while the book as a whole features an incredible range of ideas.  

Japanese Garden Design


 The creation of a Japanese garden combines respect for nature with adherence to simple principles of aesthetics and structure. In Japanese Garden Design landscape architect Marc Peter Keane presents the history and development of the classical metaphors that underlie all Japanese gardens in this. 

California Native Landscape


  Water shortages and water rationing are commonplace throughout California, rendering expanses of lawn and thirsty, nonnative plants unsustainable. The California Native Landscape addresses both concerns by showing homeowners how to succeed with natives and showing them how lush, colorful, and thriving their landscape can be. The authors stress the importance of smart garden design and combining the right plants to promote the natural symbiosis that occurs within plant communities.  


Steve McCurry - Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs

Steve McCurry ~ Untold: The Stories Behind The Photographs

2013 Hardcover with Dust Jacket, Phaidon Books, 2013 hardcover 

Near mint copy. Signed by Steve McCurry