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Book Sales


As the Main Library prepares to close for renovations this spring, we are sad to inform you that the Friends can no longer accept your book and media donations. We will be focusing our attention on packing and readying ourselves for what we hope will be a major book sale in the fall. 


Just because we can’t accept books at this time, doesn’t mean we can’t sell books! Not only will the bookshelves at the ongoing Friends Bookshop remain fully stocked, but we will also offer a rotating selection of books à la carte in the adjacent rotunda. Here you will find a variety of genre-specific carts filled with biographies, teen fiction, history, DVDs and more. We have something for everyone of all ages. Stop by whenever the Library is open and stop by often. We will be refreshing our shelves and carts regularly.

Your used books are our lifeblood and we know that you depend on us as well. PLEASE save your books for us until donations resume in the fall. The rule of thumb is, if you would pass it along to a friend, pass it along to the Friends! Your donations to the Friends are tax-deductible. Thank you in advance.

THE FRIENDS CAN ONLY ACCEPT… gently-used, good quality books, DVDs, CDs and audio book. We also accept vintage books in pristine condition. We appreciate your cooperation.

THE FRIENDS CANNOT ACCEPT… old, moldy materials that are damaged with torn pages or stains. VHS tapes are no long accepted. However, the Wellesley’s RDF (Recycling & Disposal Facility) welcomes “non-pass-along” books and paperbacks. Paperbacks can be recycled in the mixed paper bins. Hard covered books in poor condition should go in trash containers.

CONTRIBUTE TO THE FRIENDS ON AmazonSmile During these difficult times, Amazon has become a lifeline for many who are sheltering at home, unable to go out and get supplies. The Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries is now a charity listed on AmazonSmile. Go to AmazonSmile and select Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries as your preferred charity. Each time you shop, the AmazonSmile Foundation will automatically donate 0.5% of the purchase price from eligible purchases. Remember, only purchases made at will generate AmazonSmile donations.



Here’s a note from one of our happy book sale customers:

To the Friends of Wellesley Free Library:
Hello: I feel compelled to write after having attended the recent book sale.  I am a Wellesley resident, and though I have been to your other sales, this one was spectacular.  Everything was very clean and well-organized.  I usually purchase a number of children’s books for my grandchildren but this year I could hardly carry them all away.  There were beautiful hardcover and paperback books, including some classics, that looked new.  Thank you so much for your excellent volunteer work both for the library and the community.  It is greatly appreciated.
S. J. D. Wellesley

If you would like to volunteer at one of our book sales, send an email to The Friends ( or sign up at Become a Volunteer.

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Ongoing Book Sales

Did you know about the Friends Ongoing Book Sale? 

Year-round a selection of specially chosen, gently-used books are available for sale on the first floor of the Main Library, next to the circulation desk. You’ll find we have something for book lovers of every genre and all ages. Titles include popular fiction, non-fiction, gardening, travel, art and children’s books.

Guidelines for donating items

Items we accept:

  • Paperback Books
  • Hardcover Books
  • DVDs
  • Audio Book CDs & Books on Tape
  • Music CDs

Items we no longer accept:

  • Cassette Music Tapes or Records (LPs and 45s)
  • Movie Video Tapes (VHS)
  • Encyclopedias
  • College Prep Workbooks or Study Guides prior to 2017
  • Magazines, including National Geographic

Want to Volunteer?

We love volunteers

If you are interested in volunteering for a book sales event or for any other Friends event please fill out the form below and one of our members will follow up with you and provide more details. Thank you!

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