The Friends Book Sales Return in October BIGGER and BETTER than ever!

Wednesday, October 20 – Saturday, October 23

We have expanded our space to allow for more books and more elbow room.  Three book sales were canceled and donations are still coming in – we are bursting at the seams. Expect great selection and super deals! Want to volunteer to take a shift during the sale? SIGN UP HERE

Memorial Library, Room 116+

  • Wednesday, October 20
    Preview Sale:  4:00-8:00 p.m. ($5 entry)
  • Thursday and Friday, October 21 and 22
    Regular Sale: 10:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. (no entry fee)
  • Saturday, October 23
    Bag Sale: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. ($5 per bag)
    Bring your own grocery bag or purchase one for $1
    From 1:05-2:00 p.m. the remaining books & items are free

This semiannual sale is organized by the Friends to help to support our annual lecture series, special purchases for the library collections, preservation of library materials, and grants for the visiting scholar program.  We accept donations for upcoming sales on a continual basis. The sale is free (except the preview sale) and open to the public.

This is truly a community event.  More than 60 volunteers coordinate the event that draws students, faculty and visitors from around the Midwest. Books for the sale are donated primarily by University of Wisconsin faculty, staff, students, and Madison-area residents.