GAINESVILLE ‒ The annual Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale is the largest book sale of its kind in Florida. This year the sale will take place from Saturday, Oct. 22 through Wednesday, Oct. 26 at the FOL Bookhouse located at 430 N. Main Street in Gainesville.

Patrons will be able to browse through more than 500,000 items for sale. Most of the items will range in price from $0.25 to $5. The Collectors Corner, which includes first edition books, signed works, and a large selection of Florida-related materials, will have some items priced well over $100. The Collectors Corner is only open the first four days of event. On the fifth and final day of the sale, all items will be 10 cents.

As is tradition, a bagpiper will play some traditional Scottish tunes Saturday morning to open the sale. Profits from the sale support the Alachua County Library District and community literacy projects throughout the county.

Don’t forget to bring bags or boxes to carry home purchased material. The FOL does provide boxes, but they run out quickly. The FOL asks that patrons do not bring shopping carts on the first day of the sale, because space is very limited. Special exceptions for individuals with wheelchairs will be made by FOL volunteers.

Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted for payment. In consideration of the volume of patrons on certain days of the sale and because of space constraints, FOL volunteers will limit the number of patrons allowed into the building at one time. Inside the building people are encouraged to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Visit the FOL website for more details. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact P.J. with FOL at 352-375-1676 or find out more information at the website www.folacld.org.

2022 Fall Book Sale hours are:

  • Saturday, Oct. 22, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 23, 12-6 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 24, 12-6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 25, 12- 6 p.m. – All items in the general collection are half price.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 26, 12-6 p.m. – All items are 10 cents.

The Spring Book Sale is scheduled for April 22-26, 2023.

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