Friends Annual Book Sale

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The Friends will hold their annual Book Sale Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 9 am to 3 pm at the Library. More than 25,000 books will be available, at prices starting at just $1. Credit cards will be accepted for purchases of $10 or more. Breakfast and snacks will be available for purchase at the Biblio Bistro in the lobby.

A Preview Sale for members will be held 4:30 to 6:30 pm Friday, October 5, 2018. Friends memberships can be purchased at the Library either prior to the sale or at the Preview, or online by clicking here.

Pricing for the sale is extremely competitive. Most hardcover books will be priced at $2 and pocket-sized paperbacks at $1. A special area will be devoted to high-value books such as antiquarian, art and photography, autographed books, and rare items. Pricing for the high-value books averages 30-50% lower than internet prices (Amazon, Bookfinder, etc.).

Proceeds of the fall book sale will benefit the Friends, a separate 501c(3) affiliate of contributing members who support the Lewes Public Library. Proceeds will be used for book and media purchases, library programming, special projects, and other Library needs.

Book Donations


The Friends of the Lewes Public Library will accept book donations after the fall sale starting on October 15, 2018.

A list of other libraries and thrift shops where books may be accepted for donation is available at the Library Circulation Desk or by clicking here.

Book Donation Policy

The Friends of the Lewes Public Library accepts gently used books, DVDs, and CDs to benefit the Library. Please see our acceptance guidelines below. Some of these donations are incorporated into the Library’s collection, while others are sold in the Friends’ book sale or in the Friends’ shop, Just Between Friends. Proceeds from the sales help pay for 100% of the books added to the Library’s collection, as well as many of the free programs offered.

Book donations are accepted at the Just Between Friends Shop from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday through Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am – 1:30 pm. When the Shop is closed, please check with the Library Circulation Desk for instructions.

If you have a large quantity of books to donate, please let us know that upon your arrival at the Library. These donations must be brought to the loading dock area of the Library facing Freeman Highway. A hand cart is available for moving the books.

Due to space limitations in the Library storage areas, we are no longer able to accept more than two boxes of book donations from one person at any given time. Anyone wishing to donate items may bring in individual books, small bags of books, or up to two boxes of books at one time.

We accept:

  • antiquarian, rare and collectible books
  • children’s Books
  • foreign language books (in Western script)
  • hardcover fiction and nonfiction
  • mass market paperbacks
  • DVDs and Blu-ray discs
  • books on CD
  • video games


We DO NOT accept:

  • materials in poor condition (moldy, tattered, stained, etc)
  • audio cassettes, VHS tapes, LP records, and computer software
  • books published by magazines (ex: Reader’s Digest Condensed and Time-Life books)
  • Britannica and World Books encyclopedia
  • dated reference material (over 5 years old)
  • free copies, examination copies, or Advanced Reading copies
  • tax and government documents or forms
  • travel guides older than 3 years old
  • textbooks

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