Used Book Sale

Next sale scheduled for May 3-5, 2019

Friday May 3, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. $5 entrance fee

Saturday May 4, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Free

Sunday May 5, Noon to 4 p.m., Free; Clearance sale: $5 per bag, $7 per box

Tens of thousands of books with some CDs and DVDs thrown in. All used and being sold at amazingly low prices. CASH or CHECKS only. This is an all-volunteer run event with all proceeds benefiting the Alameda Free Library.

Location: The O’Club, 641 W. Red Line Avenue (Alameda Point)

Volunteer to help with the sale

We rely on volunteers to staff the sale. There are a variety of tasks involved in making the book sale a success, and we welcome help with all of them:   

  • Friday book setup – Unpack books from boxes and organize on the tables.
  • Cashiers & pre-counters – Tally up the books and collect cash from customers.
  • Book sitters & hand truck drivers – Help customers check their boxes of books while they shop, and/or transport them out to their cars.
  • Table organizers – Help keep books organized on the tables, and help customers with books.
  • Sunday break down – Pack up remaining books, load truck, & break down empty boxes.

If you would like to volunteer, simply click here and check your preferences on the signup document, and we will contact you. Many thanks!

Donate books for the next sale

The sale depends on generous donors who bring their gently used books and materials for dropoff at the Main Library. For details on when and how to donate, click here.

Help us find a new book storage location

FAL will soon lose the warehouse space we use to store many thousands of books, materials and other supplies for the twice-yearly book sales that support programs at the libraries. We are looking for storage space of about 1,000 square feet, which could be split up into smaller rooms or areas. The space would need to be accessible regularly and secured with locks and/or security cameras. Easy access with a ramp or elevator would also be needed. Items are often moved into storage during the day and early evening.

Current storage is free; FAL has a small budget that could go toward renting a space. However, we know every dollar spent would be taking away from the programs supported by the book sales.

If you know of a potential space in or near Alameda, please contact Carole Robie at