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Books and bargains at Friends’ sale November 7-10

Love books? Love bargains? Then you won’t want to miss the outstanding Friends of the UW–Madison Libraries Fall Book Sale, to be held Wednesday, November 7th through Saturday, November 10th.

Join us for Wisconsin’s largest used book sale November 7-10.

With more than 15,000 books to choose from, this is one of the largest used book sales in Wisconsin. The book sale is open to the public and held in Room 116 Memorial Library, 728 State St., Madison.

Sale dates and hours:

  • Wednesday, November 7, 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. (Preview Sale: $5 entry)
  • Thursday, November 8 and Friday, November 9, 10:30 a.m.–7:00 p.m. (Regular Sale, no entry fee)
  • Saturday, November 10, 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m. (Bag Sale: $4-a-Bag) Bring a grocery-sized bag to fill or buy a bag for $1.
  • Saturday, November 10, 1:05 and 2 p.m. All remaining books are free.

Book prices are reduced each day of the sale, but the books sell quickly. So shop early and shop often!

Featured in the sale are collections of modern fiction, philosophy, art history, and French studies. Other areas include children’s books, American studies, foreign languages, cooking, physical and biological sciences, computer science, political science, law, education, self-help, reference, business, religion, women’s studies, and much more. There are also maps, DVDs, CDs, and many LPs. Note that this is the last sale at which LP records will be offered.

The sale takes nearly 60 volunteers to manage, and draws students, faculty, and the general public from around the Midwest. Books are donated by University of Wisconsin faculty, staff, and students, as well as many Madison-area residents. The sales help fund special purchases for the libraries’ collections, preservation of materials, a Friends annual lecture series and other special events open to the public, and grants for a visiting scholar program.

The Friends accept donations for upcoming sales on a continual basis and such donations are tax-deductible. For more information about the book sale or donating books, visit the Friends website or call 608-265-2505.

Help us spread the word! Download the flier PDF.

The Friends of the Libraries Book Sale is part of the Wisconsin Book Festival.

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