Events: Annual Book Sale
The Friends of the Duluth Public Library's 2014 annual used book
sale will be held June 9-13, 2014. The first day of the sale is for
Friends members only; anyone may join the Friends on that day by
paying the membership dues ($10 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. The 2013 sale raised more than $26,000! All proceeds from
the sale go to support the Duluth Public Library, to help them
purchase resources and offer programs to the community.
2014 Book Sale Hours:
Mon., June 9
Members Only *
(numbers given out beginning at 8:30am)
Tues., June 10
Sale Opens to
Weds., June 11
Thurs., June 12
Fri., June 13
($4/bag - bag provided)
The Friends recommend that shoppers arrive well before
the doors open at 10am.
Sale Room Guide
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While some books are withdrawn from the Library's own collections,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'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 FOR THE BOOK SALE
Donations of gently-used books are accepted each year July through
April 30 at the Returns window at the Main Library.
Books - hard covers and paperbacks
Please Do NOT Bring:
Reader's Digest Condensed Books
Encyclopedias from before 2008
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE ANNUAL
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.