Annual Book Sale, Running June 20-23, 2024

Friends Book Sale

One of the most anticipated Friends' event is the Book Sale at the Abilene Convention Center (1100 N. 6th St). 
Admission is free and the proceeds benefit the Abilene Public Library.

Thursday, June 20; 5:00PM - 8:00PM

Open to current members of the Friends of the Library who will get the first chance at purchasing from the collection this year.  If you’re not a member, arrive early on this evening at the Convention Center and purchase a membership at the door.

Friday, June 21; 10:00AM - 7:00PM
Saturday, June 22; 10:00AM - 5:00PM

Everyone is welcome to the Convention Center to purchase materials from the collection.  There’s something for everyone at the sale so come out ready to find some great titles.

Sunday, June 23; 1:00PM - 4:00PM

During the final day of the sale, $6.00 will get you a bag where you can take as many books as you can fit into it.  All bags will be provided.  Don’t miss out on your last chance to snag some great deals.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How can I donate materials for the book sale?
Donations are accepted at your Main Library only (202 Cedar St.) and may be dropped off on Mondays and Thursdays from 10AM to 2PM, Saturdays from 10AM to Noon.
2. How much are the materials at the sale?

Children’s Books$2.00/inch
Regular Hard/Soft Cover$2.00/ea.
CDs or DVDs, Books on Tape$2.00/ea.
Computer Software$2.00/ea.

There will also be two specialty areas including the Corner Store featuring almost new books at a fraction of the original cost and the Antiques & Uniques area for rare and collectible materials.
3. What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept cash or checks and credit cards & debit cards (Mastercard, Visa, Discover and Diners Club; American Express not accepted).
4. Where do the items in the sale come from?
The majority of materials are received through donations form the community. A small fraction of items come from the library’s collection.
5. Are there children’s books?
Yes. There is a children’s section and we suggest you arrive at the sale early as this area is a popular section.
6. What happens to the books at the end of the sale?
Remaining materials are donated to local organizations & non-profits. No materials are used towards next year’s sale unless donated back to the library at a later time.
7. Can I continue to donate materials during the sale?
Although we appreciate your donations, we ask that you not donate materials once materials are moved to the Convention Center. You may begin to donate after the sale has ended.
8. Can I volunteer at the sale?
Yes. There are a number of volunteer opportunities both before, during, and after the sale. It’s a great opportunity to see what the Friends do. We’ll provide you with contact information for the event’s volunteer coordinator as we get closer to the next sale date.
9. Do I need to be a member of the Friends of the Library to attend the sale?
Only the Preview Sale requires a Friends’ membership. If you’re not a Friend of the Library, memberships may be purchased the night of the Preview Sale at the Convention Center.  Please be sure to arrive early to do so.
10. Are there refunds?
No. All sales are final.
11. Where do the proceeds go?
Proceeds go towards benefiting the Abilene Public Library. Your support of the sale not only helps you stock your personal libraries, it helps to support your public library to provide enhanced library services including materials, equipment, programming, and staff training opportunities.