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Book Sales


April 30 – May 3, 2020

In line with the temporary closing of town facilities, the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries have come to the difficult decision to cancel the Spring Book Sale, originally scheduled for April 30 – May 3, 2020. We know that after a long winter, many look forward to this springtime tradition. The Friends appreciate the hard work and devotion by the many volunteers who have made the sale a success year after year.  That energy will be in full force as we prepare for the Fall Book Sale.

Many of you have asked how you can support the Libraries at this crucial time. We ask you to remember that our three annual book sales support a significant amount of programming at the Libraries, as well as the fish tank and the museum pass program. The absence of our Spring Sale is significant. Please consider renewing your Friends Membership or making a donation to help us continue to support the many wonderful programs the library offers that are sponsored by The Friends.

While staying at home, we know you may be doing some spring cleaning of your bookshelves to contribute to our fall book sale. We thank you, in advance, for your tax-deductible donations of gently used, good quality books, DVDs, CDs and audio books. We also welcome vintage books in excellent condition. We are sorry but we cannot accept old, moldy, damaged materials, or VHS tapes. However, Wellesley’s RDF (Recycling & Disposal Facility) will accept “non-pass-along” books and paperbacks. Recycle paperbacks in the mixed paper bins. Hard covered books in poor condition should go in trash containers. The rule of thumb is, if you would pass it along to a friend, pass it along to the Friends! Watch for donation collection information in the future.

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.



A message from The Friends President

To Our Friends:
The Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries would like to thank the Wellesley community for its tremendous support of another successful book sale! Proceeds from our book sales support many of the children’s and adult programs not supported by the Library budget. We would not exist without continuous donations from the community. The high quality of the book selection is what brings patrons to our sales, and we thank everyone for their generous contributions. We are ready for more!
We welcome donations of CDs, DVDs and hard and soft cover books in very good – excellent condition, with no ripped pages, mold or stains. Please bring your donations to the main library where you can receive a tax-deductible receipt.
Shannon Smith
President, FWFL Board

The Friends hold three book sales a year, in the spring, fall and winter. The sales are our flagship events and primary fundraising activity.  Thousands of gently-used hard and soft cover books are available for sale across a broad selection of fiction and non-fiction organized by categories. There are also hundreds of CDs and DVDs for sale. The first night of each sale is for members only — a great reason to join the Friends.

Members Only Preview:
Thurs. 4/30  5pm-9pm
Public Sale:
Fri 5/1   9am-6pm
Sat 5/2  9am-5pm
Bag Sale:
Sun 5/3 1pm-5pm
($7 per bag)

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.

Not yet a member? Join NOW!

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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