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ATTENTION: The Friends of the Dayton Metro Library are announcing that our fall book sale has been cancelled. After receiving Hara Arena's July 29 announcement of its closing in August, the Friends of the Library have been searching for an available alternative venue that could be used for the planned October sale. After an extensive review over the past two weeks, it has been concluded that a suitable venue is not going to be available during the planned time period. The search for a new site is continuing and the Friends of the Dayton Metro Library book sale will resume in the Spring of 2017.

There are lots of books for children and adults, plus CDs, DVDs, audiocassettes, videos and more, all at bargain basement prices. If you need more information about the booksale, contact the Library's External Relations office at 937.463.BOOK.

Forms of Acceptable Payment

We are able to accept cash or check with proper ID and credit card payment. The Friends of the Library will invoice schools who present Purchase Orders at the sale.


Booksale FAQs

How much do items cost?
  • Books $1 each, except for items in the Special Collection area, which are individually priced.
  • DVDs $2 each
  • Music CDs $1 each
  • Books on CD $3 (per book)
  • Books on Tape $1 each (per book)
  • Video Tapes 25¢ each
  • Audio Tapes 25¢ each

SUNDAY ONLY: $1 for all you can carry!

Is there a preview night?

There are no special preview days or hours. All booksale hours are open to the public.

In which Hara Arena building is the booksale held?

Booksale is held in the East Exhibit Hall, close to the parking lot entrance at Wolf Road and Shiloh Springs Road.

Where do the booksale items come from?

Most of the materials sold at the booksale are "weeded" from throughout the Dayton Metro Library system. Weeding is a vital part of maintaining a useful Collection, as older and duplicate items are regulary removed in order to make room for new items. Weeded items are placed in off-site storage for the next booksale; donations that cannon be used in our Collection make up the rest of our booksale items.

What will I find at the booksale?

Old and new books for all ages, plus audio visual materials, books on tape and CD, and more. We start with more than 40,000 items covering 240 tables. There's something for everyone!

Will I be able to find a specific book I'm looking for?

Possibly, but the books at booksale are only categorized into tables of children's and adult Fiction and Nonfiction, and paperbacks. They are not grouped by subject, author, etc.

Who benefits from the sale?

All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Library organization. With these funds, the Friends provide incentives for Summer Challenge, sponsor speakers and help support branch programs that fall outside the general operating budget of the Dayton Metro Library. Information about the Friends and what they do with the proceeds can be found here.

Do you accept donations for the sale?

We accept donations of books and audio-visual items for our booksales. Donations are accepted at most Dayton Metro Library Branches. Please box and label for "Donation."

We can write you a receipt for tax purposes if you like. Call 937.496.8901 if you need more information on donating booksale materials. Unfortunately we are not able to pick up your donations.

Donations we cannot accept include:

  • Magazines
  • Any "dated" books, i.e. "Tax Guide 2003", "Visitors Guide to Boston 2001", "Encyclopedia Britanica 2004"
  • Books that are damaged, missing pages, have a musty smell or are otherwise noticably flawed
  • Text books
  • Audio visual items that are missing tapes/CDs, scratched, damaged or may not play properly

These items do not sell and we have to pay to store them before they go to booksale. Please help us keep our costs down by excluding these items from your donation boxes. If you have something on this list that we can't accept, please call Goodwill, St. Vincent DePaul or other thrift shops. They may be able to use some of these items.

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