Used Book Sale & Book Collections

Used Book Sale Results

With a 2 year hiatus, a new location and many, many changes, the 2022 Used Book Sale was a success.

Thank you to the community that provided such great support and purchased books with enthusiasm!

Upon completion of the sale, the committee discussed all aspects of the event, including book collections, book sorts, setup for the sale, staffing during the sale, teardown of the book sale, publicity, and involvement of branch members.

Given the intense level of resources required to prepare for and run the sale, the branch is considering options for 2023.

Please note that while options are being reviewed, book collections are suspended until further notice.

Please note the following guidelines.

*We DO accept plastic covered books.

*We DO accept CD’s, DVD’s and video games.

We do NOT accept or attempt to resell:

Wet, smelly, moldy, or damaged books
Newspapers
Encyclopedias
Phone Books/directories
All magazines including National Geographic Publications
“Time Life” books
Readers Digest Condensed Books
Advanced Readers copies/Uncorrected Proof
Coloring books
Foreign Language/Asian Printings (only books in English)
“FREE” Government books
Spiral bound or 3-ring binder books of any kind
VCR tapes / cassette tapes
Textbooks
Large quantities of multiple copies of the same book.
Books with CDs inside
Vinyl Records or LPs

Our criteria are based on what the reseller will accept from us after the sale.

We screen Children’s Books according to CPSC guidelines. Download the Reseller’s Guide and see page 18 & 20 of the pdf (numbered page 16 & 18 of the guide.)
· Metal Spiral Bound Children’s Books cannot be resold and will be put in the trash.
· Soft plastic (such as those intended for the bathtub) cannot be resold and will be put in the trash.
· Children’s Paperback Books published in 1985 or earlier cannot be resold and will be sent to SCARCE for recycling.
· Children’s Hardcover Books published in 1985 or earlier may be sold from our Better Books section or may be sent to SCARCE for recycling.

You can take print items we do not accept or cannot resell directly to:  SCARCE at 800 S. Rohlwing Rd (Rt. 53), Addison, IL 60101

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Our Used Book Sale returned in June 2022

Our 62nd sale was at a New Location with More Hours and MORE BOOKS!

*NEW LOCATION!*

O’Neill Middle School, 635 59th Street in Downers Grove, IL 60516

  • Enter through Door #6 at the back of the building or through Door #8 on the west side.
  • No other entrances to the building will be open.
  • Please do not park in the YMCA lot!

*NEW DAY!* 

Sneak Peek Sale on Wednesday, June 15 from 6 – 9 p.m. 

  • On this night only there is a $10 admission charge.
  • We will take admission on Wednesday night at Door #8.
  • On this night only, children are not allowed.

*MORE HOURS!* 

Thursday, June 16 from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Friday, June 17 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

  • Most paperback and hardcover books are just $2!

Please note we will be closed on Friday from 2 – 3 p.m. to set up for the bag sale.

*ADDITIONAL BAG SALE HOURS!*

Early Bird Bag Sale on Friday, June 17 from 3 – 7 p.m.

  • Fill one of our paper bags and pay $15

June 18, Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

  • Fill one of our paper bags and pay $10!

There will be over 30,000 books including Fiction, Non-Fiction, Children’s plus non-book items such as CDs and DVDs.

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Book Donation Receipt

Please note the following guidelines.

*We DO accept plastic covered books.

*We DO accept CD’s, DVD’s, vinyl records, and video games.

We do NOT accept or attempt to resell:

Wet, smelly, moldy, or damaged books
Newspapers
Encyclopedias
Phone Books/directories
All magazines including National Geographic Publications
“Time Life” books
Readers Digest Condensed Books
Advanced Readers copies/Uncorrected Proof
Coloring books
Foreign Language/Asian Printings (only books in English)
“FREE” Government books
Spiral bound or 3-ring binder books of any kind
VCR tapes / cassette tapes
Textbooks
Large quantities of multiple copies of the same book.
Books with CDs inside

Our criteria are based on what the reseller will accept from us after the sale.

We screen Children’s Books according to CPSC guidelines. Download the Reseller’s Guide and see page 18 & 20 of the pdf (numbered page 16 & 18 of the guide.)
· Metal Spiral Bound Children’s Books cannot be resold and will be put in the trash.
· Soft plastic (such as those intended for the bathtub) cannot be resold and will be put in the trash.
· Children’s Paperback Books published in 1985 or earlier cannot be resold and will be sent to SCARCE for recycling.
· Children’s Hardcover Books published in 1985 or earlier may be sold from our Better Books section or may be sent to SCARCE for recycling.

You can take print items we do not accept or cannot resell directly to:  SCARCE

Their new location is  800 S. Rohlwing Rd (Rt. 53), Addison, IL 60101

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The Back-to-the-Books Scholarship Online Fundraiser in 2021 resulted in $7,316 in donations and allowed us to award three scholarship this Fall.

Thank you to the 36 donors!

  • 1 donor is a Used Book Sale Supporter ($1 – $49)
  • 30 donors are Rare Book Collectors ($49 – $499)
  • 5 donors belong to the Educator’s Society ($500 – $1,999)

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The Back-to-the-Books Scholarship Online Fundraiser in 2020 resulted in $8,200 in donations and allowed us to award three scholarship in the Fall of 2020.  Visit the Back-to-the-Books Scholarship page to learn about them.

We are grateful to the 34 donors!

  • 8 donors are Used Book Sale Supporters ($1 – $50)
  • 23 donors are Rare Book Collectors ($51 – $500)
  • 2 donors belong to the Educator’s Society ($501 – $2,000)
  • 1 donor is a Scholarship Hero (above $2,000)

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Visit the Used Book Sale History page to read more about our Used Book Sale tradition!