Used Book Sale

Friends of the Library Book Sale

Who says nobody buys books anymore?
The Friends continue to prove that statement 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.

In the year 2018, our biggest year ever, the Friends earned over $14,000 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. What happens to those donated books?

  • The Library staff selects some that can be used for the book collections or for marketing purposes. A few may be given to non-profit organizations.
  • Most will be added to our Used Book Store. They are cleaned, priced and sorted by the Friends. All proceeds from those sales are used to purchase materials and support library services.
  • All books that show signs of mold, mildew or any other damage are recycled. (Hint: if your books fit this description, please take them directly to a recycling center.) We accept DVDs and CDs but no VHS or cassette tapes.

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. If you need a receipt for your donation please ask at the circulation desk.

The Friends will host their popular indoor/outdoor Used Book Sale during Petoskey’s sidewalk sales on Thursday, July 25, 10am – 4pm and Friday, July 26, 10 am – 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 24, 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 the library is open in our lower level store. New inventory added every week.

NEW to the Used Book Sale!  The Friends of the Library Puzzle Exchange!

  • Bring your gently used jigsaw puzzle with pieces secured in a ziplock bag inside the box
  • Puzzle should be 500 pieces or more with no missing pieces
  • Swap it for a “new” used puzzle
  • You may swap up to 3 puzzles at a time
  • Want to donate puzzles?  You can leave your donation on the desk in the book sale room
    Thank you!