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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.
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Effective May 2020: We will no longer be accepting donations of materials until 2021 (time to be determined). Due to our closure during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Annual Friends of the Library Book Sale will not be conducted to relieve us of the items we’ve collected in 2020. As we will not have a place to store a second year’s worth of donations we are asking that you hang on to them for the future, or look at local agencies that may be able to benefit from your donation.
We accept donations throughout the year at your Main Library (202 Cedar Street). We do ask that you bring your donations to the alley behind the Main Library (where the outside book drop is located) Monday through Friday between 9 am to 4 pm You will see double doors where you may then ring the door bell and someone will come out to help assist you in unloading your donations.
Please note we stop receiving donations the week prior to the Annual Book Sale in preparation to move all donations for the sale. During this time, if you still wish to donate, you may be asked to bring your materials to the Abilene Convention Center located at:1100 N 6th StreetAbilene, TX 79601
You can also deliver them to the library after the sale has ended.
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 and Uniques" area for rare and collectible materials.
We accept cash or checks and credit cards and debit cards such as Mastercard, Visa, Discover and Diners Club. American Express not accepted.
The majority of materials are received through donations form the community. A small fraction of items come from the library's collection.
Yes. There is a children's section and we suggest you arrive at the sale early as this area is a popular section.
Remaining materials are donated to local organizations and non-profits. No materials are used towards next year's sale unless donated back to the library at a later time.
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.
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.
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.