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Friends Spring Book Sale Starts April 3

A happy buyer at Friends of the UW Libraries book sale

If you love books, you won’t want to miss the amazing Friends of the UW–Madison Libraries Spring Book Sale, to be held Wednesday, April 3 through Saturday, April 6. With more than 15,000 books to choose from, this is one of the largest used book sales in Wisconsin. The sale is open to the public and held in Room 116 Memorial Library, 728 State St., Madison. Sale dates and hours:

  • Wednesday, April 3, 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. (Preview Sale, $5 entry fee)
  • Thursday, April 4 and Friday, April 5, 10:30 a.m.–7:00 p.m. (Regular Sale, no entry fee)
  • Saturday, April 6, 10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. (Bag Sale, $4 per bag) Bring grocery-sized bags to fill or buy one for $1.
  • Saturday, April 6, 1:05–2:00 p.m. All remaining books are free.

Prices are reduced each day of the sale, but the items sell quickly. So shop early and shop often! Featured in the sale are collections of modern fiction, American wildlife, art history, Jewish studies, chess, cinema and James Joyce. Other areas include children’s books, American studies, foreign languages, cooking, physical and biological sciences, computer science, political science, law, education, philosophy, ethics, self-help, reference, business, religion, women’s studies, and much more. There are also maps, DVDs, CDs, and LPs.

Note: 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 UW 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 events, and grants for a visiting scholar program. The Friends accept donations for upcoming sales on a continual basis and such donations are tax-deductible.

Click here for more information about the book sale or donating books

Questions? E-mail  friends@library.wisc.edu or call 608-265-2505

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