Book Sales

The library hosts two book sales each year to raise money for special activities and items. All sales benefit the Normal Public Library Foundation.

Upcoming Book Sales

Fall 2017 Sale

Preview Sale:
Friday, September 29, 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
($5 admission for anyone over 12-years-old)

Autumn Sale:
Saturday, September 30, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday, October 1, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Free Day:
Monday, October 2, 9:00 am – 7:00 pm

The Books

The thousands of used books that we sell in these sales are donated by generous library patrons and community members or withdrawn from the library’s collection.

In addition to books, you will also find other media, such as cds, dvds, and more.

Find out more about donating used books to the library here.


We could never do these sales without the help of our dedicated volunteers.

Our volunteers put in a lot of work: sorting and storing books, setting up for sales, running the sales, and cleaning up when they’re over.

Interested in volunteering at the book sales? Contact us at

Supporting the Library

The library could not be more grateful for the funds that we raise through these sales.

Learn more about how to support the library.

Preview Sale

The Preview Sale is a great opportunity, since books go fast!

Membership in the Friends of the Normal Public Library is no longer required. These sales are now open to anyone who pays $5 at the door. Anyone under 12-years-old is free.

Lifetime memberships will still be honored for free admission to the Preview Sale.

Special Price Selection

The Special Price Selection is a great opportunity to find high interest titles and sets of premium items at great prices!

The Special Price Selection in the basement hall features like-new books for children and teens. There are also notable nonfiction books; old, collectible books; local interest items; and many more valuable books. Most are discounted at 75% off current market prices.

Free Sale

After each sale, there are still hundreds of books that just didn’t sell. Stop by to take as many as you can carry – for free!

Teachers and organizations are very, very welcome. We love seeing the books go to a good cause!

Check our calendar to find out times and days for Free Sales.

The Ongoing Book Sale

Can’t wait for the next Book Sale?  Good news!  We now have a small-scale Book Sale going on whenever the library is open.

You’ll find shelves of books for sale along the wall near the stairs to the second floor. Many of these books are hand-picked popular titles and all sales benefit the Normal Public Library Foundation.

Check it out each time you come to the library!