Fall Book Sale

Friends annual Fall Book Sale started in 2005 with a few members collecting books, storing them in a borrowed garage then sorting and pricing the night before the sale. What a job! Ten years later it has evolved into a year-round operation and a full time volunteer coordinator. St. James library is the site where donated books are delivered, sorted, priced and packed up for the October sale. Buyers are so keen they line up well before the doors open and rush in to scoop up armloads of prize buys.

And book lovers don’t have to wait for the sale, they can shop anytime; donated books fill a cart at Best of Friends Gift Shop.

The sale of used books is our most profitable fundraising project, over $13,500 in 2015, over $75,500 since 2005. Hundreds of volunteer hours, thousands of donated books and all those eager customers make this sale a winner.

How to Donate Books

Too Many Books?

We’ll help! We gather good used books year round for the Friends of Winnipeg Public Library Fall Book Sale.

Your gently used books will be welcomed and recycled into another loving home. CDs & DVDs too.

Clearly label your box or bag:


Then drop off at any Winnipeg Public Library Branch.

We cannot use the following:

  • Textbooks
  • Professional books (accounting, law, medicine, etc.)
  • Encyclopedias unless 1920s or older
  • Computer, business and finance books older than 5 years
  • Magazines (exceptions: history, Anna, gourmet, décor, art and design)
  • Reader’s Digest Condensed
  • Discarded library books

If needed, we can pick up larger donations, which must be packed in sturdy boxes – size and weight manageable for the average adult.  Phone us at 204-488-3217.

Watch for our Fall Book Sale in October at Grant Park High School!