Annual Book Sale

A huge Thank You to all that joined us for the 2018 Book Sale. Money raised will be used to support the Duluth Public Library.

The Friends of the Duluth Public Library’s 2019 Annual Used Book Sale will be held June 10-13, 2019. 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.

2019 Book Sale Hours

Monday, June 10 – Friends Members Only
10:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m. (numbers given out beginning at 8:30 a.m.)

Tuesday, June 11 – Sale Opens to Public
10:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 12
10:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 13 – Bag Sale!  (Select Rooms – $5/bag)
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Book Sale Room Guide

Green Room
Hardcover and paperback fiction and nonfiction for adults, hardcover classics, large print books

Gold Room
“Better Books”, rare or out-of-print books, first editions, autographed copies

Conference Room
Media, DVDs, CDs, audio books on disc

Children and young adult books, toys, games

Book Sale FAQ’s

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While some books are withdrawn from the Library’s own collections, the overwhelming majority are donated throughout the year by library users.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 is 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 for the Book Sale

Donations of clean gently-used books are accepted each year July through May 5 at the returns window at the Main Library.

Donations Accepted:
Books – hard covers and paperbacks
CDs (music or talking audio books)

Please Do Not Bring:

Reader’s Digest Condensed Books

Romance series (i.e.: Harlequin)

Damaged books (i.e.: mildew, dusty, damp, musty, underlined, notes in margins)

Encyclopedias from before 2012




VHS videos

Audio Cassettes

Phonograph Records

Volunteers Needed for the Annual Book Sale!

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.