Fall Book Sale

Friends’ annual Fall Book Sale started in 2005 with a few members collecting books, storing them in a borrowed garage, and then sorting and pricing the night before the sale. What a job!  Now Book Sale preparation has evolved into a year-round operation.  St. James Library is the site where donated books are delivered, sorted, priced and packed up for the October sale by Friends’ volunteers.  On Sale Days 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. In 2018 the annual Fall Book Sale generated over $23,000. When combined with the revenue from the Best of Friends Gift Shop Book Cart in the lobby of Millennium Library, over $36,900 was raised from used book sales in 2018.   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?

Let us help!  We gather good used books year round for the Friends’ Fall Book Sale. CDs, DVDs & LPs too.

Your gently used books will be welcomed and recycled into another loving home.

Clearly label your box or bag:


Then drop off at the Winnipeg Public Library Branch nearest you.

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

Effective October 1st, 2018, we regret that we can no longer offer pick-up service for donations. All Winnipeg Public Library Branches will continue to accept your donations for us.

Visit our enticing book cart year-round at the Best of Friends Gift Shop on the main floor, Millennium Library downtown – for gently used books, CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, and selected magazines.

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