Annual Book Sale, Running June 17-20, 2021

One of the most anticipated Friends’ events is the Book Sale where the Abilene Convention Center (1100 N. 6th St.) is transformed into one of the biggest book sales around. Guests will find a wide selection of books, movies, music, children’s books, and more. Admission is free and the proceeds benefit the Abilene Public Library.

Please Note: The Friends of the Library and volunteers will do our best to provide a safe environment 
while attending the sale dates. At this time we will require that you wear face masks to attend.

Email the Friends of the Abilene Library, or call 325-676-6025 if you have any questions.

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Thursday, June 17; 5:00PM - 8:00PM

Open to current members of the Friends of the Library who will get the first chance at purchasing from the collection this year.  If you’re not a member, arrive early on this evening at the Convention Center and purchase a membership at the door.

Friday, June 18; 10:00AM - 7:00PM
Saturday, June 19; 10:00AM - 5:00PM

Everyone is welcome to the Convention Center to purchase materials from the collection.  There’s something for everyone at the sale so come out ready to find some great titles.

Sunday, June 20; 1:00PM - 4:00PM

During the final day of the sale, $6.00 will get you a bag where you can take as many books as you can fit into it.  All bags will be provided.  Don’t miss out on your last chance to snag some great deals.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How can I donate materials for the book sale?
COVID-19 has changed how we are able to receive donations.  After not hosting a sale in 2020, the Friends of the Library are evaluating and making changes in the donation process.  We hope to share these changes with you in April 2021 so that the community will once again have a place to donate their items to once again.  We thank you for your patience during this time.
2. How much are the materials at the sale?

Children’s Books
Regular Hard/Soft Cover
CDs or DVDs, Books on Tape
Computer Software

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 & Uniques area for rare and collectible materials.
3. What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept cash or checks and credit cards & debit cards (Mastercard, Visa, Discover and Diners Club; American Express not accepted).
4. Where do the items in the sale come from?
The majority of materials are received through donations form the community. A small fraction of items come from the library’s collection.
5. Are there children’s books?
Yes. There is a children’s section and we suggest you arrive at the sale early as this area is a popular section.
6. What happens to the books at the end of the sale?
Remaining materials are donated to local organizations & non-profits. No materials are used towards next year’s sale unless donated back to the library at a later time.
7. Can I continue to donate materials during the sale?
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.
8. Can I volunteer at the sale?
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.
9. Do I need to be a member of the Friends of the Library to attend the sale?
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.
10. Are there refunds?
No. All sales are final.
11. Where do the proceeds go?
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.