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Events: Annual Book Sale - June 6 - 9, 2016

The Friends of the Duluth Public Library's 2016 annual used book sale will be held in June 2017 (Dates TBA). The first day of the sale is for Friends members only; anyone may join the Friends on that day by paying the membership dues ($15 annually for an individual) at the table in the Michigan Street Lobby.

Build your own home library and contribute to a good cause at the same time. All proceeds from the sale go to support the Duluth Public Library, to help them purchase resources and offer programs to the community.

2016 Book Sale Hours:

Mon., June 6
Friends Members Only 10am-7:30pm (numbers given out beginning at 8:30am)
Tues., June 7 Sale Opens to Public 10am-5:30pm
Wed., June 8   10am-5:30pm
Thurs., June 9 Bag Sale! 10am-3pm ($5/bag - bag provided)

Book Sale Room Guide

Green Room Gold Room Conference Room Garage

Hardcover and paperback fiction and
nonfiction for adults
Hardcover classics

Large print books


"Better Books"

Rare or out-of-print books

First editions

Autographed copies





Audio books on disc
Children and YA books




Where do the books come from?
While some books are withdrawn from the Library's own collections, the overwhelming majority are donated throughout the year by library users. Occasionally a book-lover will bequeath his or her private library to the Library. It's recycling at its best. The donor gets a tax deduction, the Library gets needed funds, and the purchaser gets great books at great prices.

What kinds of books do you have?

All kinds. Though it varies with the sale, you can expect a wide variety of nonfiction and fiction - from cookbooks to children's books, science fiction to poetry, biography to modern fiction. You can also expect a good selection of paperback fiction, lots of how-to books, and many delightful out-of-print books. Due to the unpredictable nature of the donated material, we may have unusual assortments of special topics. You just never know.

What can I expect at the sale?
Lots of books and lots of people, especially on Pre-Sale Day, which is for Friends members only. Be patient. There are plenty to choose from all week.

Is there parking available?

In addition to on-street parking, there is  the Library/Depot parking lot below Michigan Street.

Is there a book sale etiquette?

Due to the huge number of books donated and the limited space we have, aisles are narrow. We ask you:
• Please do not block the aisles with stacks of books or your bags. After you've collected a good supply, pay for your purchases and take them to your car. You can return for another round.
• Don't sit on the floor to make up your mind about your selections. It blocks the aisles, and is unfair to other shoppers.
• Do not pull out quantities of books to examine and decide if you want them. Pull out one book at a time and if you want it, keep it in your stack of selections. If not, replace it in its category.
We recommend a sturdy canvas book bag to carry your treasures.
Remember that all of the sales workers are volunteers who generously contribute their time to help the Library.

Donations of gently-used books are accepted each year July through May 6 at the Returns window at the Main Library.

Donations Accepted:
Books - hard covers and paperbacks

Please Do NOT Bring:
Reader's Digest Condensed Books
Encyclopedias from before 2010
Music cassettes
VHS videos

We are looking for people to donate their time to the success of our largest fundraiser of the year - our Annual Book Sale. If you have a few hours to contribute during this annual event, please Contact Us or Download, complete and turn in our Volunteer sign-up form.

> Annual Book Sale
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Author Series
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> Bookworm Garden Club
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