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Friends Book Sale
Friends Book Sale

If you love books by the bag, you’ll want to limber up and hit the ground running at the Friends of the Libraries’ semiannual book sale. The bargain-lover’s event kicks off this week, with a special “preview day” Wednesday, Oct. 15 from 4 – 8 p.m. Regular entry begins Thursday, Oct. 16 and runs through Saturday Oct. 18 in 116 Memorial Library (728 State Street).

The sale is one of the largest used book sales in Wisconsin, with more than 15,000 books covering a wide range of subjects. More than 3,000 people are expected to attend the event.

Managing one of the largest book sales in the state is not easy task. It takes nearly 60 volunteers to run the event that brings in faculty, students, staff, and the general public from around the Midwest. The books are donated by UW faculty, staff, and students, as well as many Madison-area residents. Sales from the fund help support library grants and special events.

The schedule of the sale is as follows:

Wednesday, Oct. 15

  • Preview sale ($5 entry) / 4 – 8 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 16 – Friday, Oct. 17

  • Regular sale, no admission fee / 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 18

  • $4-A-Bag sale
    10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    Bring a grocery bag or buy one for $1
    1:05 p.m. – 2 p.m. all remaining books are free.

To learn more about the Friends of the Libraries website.