Used Book Sale

Friends of the Library Book Sale

Who says nobody buys books anymore? The Friends continue to prove that statement wrong on a daily basis. Yes, on a daily basis, because you can buy top-quality, gently used books in the Friends’ Used Book Store seven days a week. And where is the Used Book Store? In case you haven’t visited yet, our store, which, by the way, is the only used book store in Petoskey, is on the lower level of the library, to the left as you come down the stairs.

In the year 2016, our biggest year ever, the Friends earned over $13,000 in used book sales, all of which went to the library for new materials and programs!

The success of the Used Book Store depends on the generous donations of quality used books that we receive from the public. Every year we receive thousands of donated books, which we either sell, give to the library or give to non-profit organizations in need. One of our major recipients is the Reading Corner of Brother Dan’s Food Pantry in Petoskey, which is one of our literacy outreaches.

We appreciate all donations, but this year we are particularly looking for more current large (trade) paperbacks, young adult books and history books. We should also mention that we can only accept very gently used books, as books in poor condition do not sell.

The Friends of the Library Used Book Store is open year-round during regular library hours. Books for children, teens, and adults, DVDs, books on CD and more.  Money raised at the Used Book Sale supports your Petoskey District Library.

The Friends will host their popular indoor/outdoor Used Book Sale during Petoskey’s sidewalk sales on Thursday, July 26, 10am – 4pm and Friday, July 27, 10am – 3pm.  Hundreds of adult; children’s and teacher; rare and vintage; history and travel; cooking and gardening; and health and self-help books plus CDs and DVDs will be for sale.  You can purchase some of these items early at the Members-Only Presale on Wednesday, July 25, 4:30pm – 6:30pm.  Not a member?  You can join that night, or print off a membership form here.  Most books are priced from 25 cents – $3.  Rare books are usually half their online price. 

This is the Friend’s largest fundraiser, the proceeds of which fund the Library’s children’s book collection each year.  Can’t make it to this annual sale?  You can shop any day of the library is open in our lower level store.  There is new inventory added every week.