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Book Sale

As a precautionary step to protect the campus and the community, Friends of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries has cancelled the Spring 14-17, 2021 Book Sale.

Please mark your calendars, conditions permitting:

Friends Semiannual Book Sale – FALL 2021 SUPER SALE!

Wednesday, October 20 — Saturday, October 23

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.