Book Sales & Bookstore
2014 Spring Book Sale
Sale items include hardback and paperback books sorted into 40 categories, at 50¢ for paperbacks and $1 for hardbacks – even less if you buy them by-the-bag! Some first editions, oversized books, cookbooks and local interest books are individually priced.
Held in the Friends warehouse at 762 River Street. Learn more.
- Wednesday, April 2, 4:00-7:00 p.m.— Preview Sale for Members*
- Thursday, April 3, 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.—Public Sale**
- Friday, April 4, 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.—Public Sale**
- Saturday, April 5, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.—Public Sale**
- Sunday, April 6, Noon-4:00 p.m.—Public Sale: Half-Price Day
*The Preview Sale is for Friends members only, but you may join at the door.
**Additional books will be stocked throughout the day on Friday & Saturday.
How Your Book Sale Purchases Benefit the Library
Each year, the Friends organization raises over $100,000 to benefit the library, all through book sales and the Friends Bookstore in the library. In recent years, funds raised by the Friends purchased opening-day collections for the new Collister and Hillcrest libraries and a generous portion of the opening-day collection for the Cole & Ustick library, as well as supporting selected library programs.
All preparation for and staffing of the sales is provided by volunteers, who typically sort through about 100,000 items to prepare for a sale. Besides the spring and fall book sales, the Friends also have a regular ongoing book sale and a bookstore at the Main Library.
General Book Sale Information
The Friends of Boise Public Library hold two very successful annual book sales each year. The spring sale is usually held the first weekend of April, and includes a special price for books-by-the-bag. The fall sale is usually the last weekend of October, and includes better-quality books for gift giving.
Both sales are three or four day events that encompass a weekend, and both include a preview sale for Friends members the evening before the public sale begins. Sunday is always half-price day. Additional books are stocked regularly during the sale, except on Sunday.
While sale inventory varies, it usually includes pocket & trade paperback books from all genres, sets of books, computer books & software, classics, kids books, coffee table books, cookbooks and retired library hardback best sellers, as well as limited videos and music.
The Friends Bookstore
Located inside the Main Library on the 1st floor and open year around!
We offer an amazing selection of nearly new books, magazines and videos on a wide variety of topics - all for a fraction of the cost of new.
- Recently added: older collectible books - they're going like hotcakes!
- NO due dates, NO fines, NO worries about breaking your budget.
- Quality used books, all genres and age groups
- Collectible books
- Recent issue popular magazines
- Videos and audio tapes
- Restocked continually
Hours may vary depending on staffing availability. Staffed by Friends of the Boise Public Library Volunteers.
- Monday 10:00-8:00;
- Tuesday 10:00-8:00;
- Wednesday 10:00-8:00;
- Thursday 10:00-6:00;
- Friday 10:00-5:30;
- Saturday 1:00-4:00;
- Sunday 1:00-4:00 during school year
Check out our brewed-on-demand Java Jitterz Gourmet Coffee Service!