On Going Book Sale

    The Friends ongoing book sale in located on the main level of the Library, near the New Arrivals. There, we mostly feature like-new novels, nonfiction for adults, a few children’s books and VHS and DVDs. We also feature seasonal books and sale items. Prices are typically $1 for adult hardbacks and 50 cents for children’s books and paperback books. New items are added weekly and sometimes there are surprise sales, such as our recent “everything is 50 cents sale.”

    The Friends recycle donations of books as well as items withdrawn from the Library’s collection through our Book Sale, providing public with access to reasonably priced books and generating income to benefit Library activities. From its humble beginnings in the Library’s garage with tables borrowed from a local church to today’s annual event with thousands of quality books, the Book Sale has been and continues to be a primary fund-raiser for the Friends.photo of a man looking at books in the book sale


    The Book Sale includes like-new novels and nonfiction books, rare and out of print books, library discards, DVDs of movies and television shows, music CDs, audio books, picture books, books for children, and other items.

    Although the main Book Sale is held annually in September, we also have special sales and an ongoing sale rack in the Library. Prices start at $1. Friends members are invited to a preview of the annual Book Sale, getting the first choice of the great books that we have for purchase.

    Book Donation Guidelines

    Donations should be delivered to the Library during regular hours. Please do not put donations in the Library’s book drop. For donations of several boxes or more, please call ahead to make arrangements or email booksale@FriendsofWPL.org

    Depending on condition and need, donated items will be added to the Library’s collection, go to the Book Sale to raise funds on behalf of the Library, are sent to Thrift Books to sell on behalf of the Friends, or are recycled.

    Donations of books are tax-deductible as allowed by law. The Library can provide a receipt acknowledging donations, but does not determine the value of donations.

    The following items will be accepted:

    • Hardcover and paperback books in good condition, for adults, teens, and children.  
    • Commercially published media (DVDs, CDs, and video games)
    • Medical and financial advice books (less than 5 years old)
    • Travel guidebooks (less than 3 years old)
    • Computer manuals (less than 5 years old)
    • Textbooks (less than 10 years old)
    • Test preparation guides (less than 5 years old)
    • Juvenile nonfiction (less than 5 years old)
    • Rare and collectible books

    We cannot accept:

    • Damaged books with broken bindings, missing pages, soiled, musty, moldy, with smoke or water damage, or with excessive writing in the text
    • Clearly outdated nonfiction materials (see above for guidelines)
    • Toys, games, puzzles, or artwork
    • Magazines (bound or unbound) or professional journals
    • Condensed books, such as Reader’s Digest
    • Encyclopedias
    • Non-commercially produced media
    • Workbooks or study guides that are partially or wholly filled in.
    • Computer programs
    • Books discarded by other libraries