Book Sales

Thursday, October 20 –
Sunday, October 23

2022 Spring Book Sale

We did it! You did it! After two years, the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries were thrilled to once again hold the annual spring book sale. The community and library patrons who depend on our spring sale to stock up for the summer couldn’t have been more pleased, and they told us over and over how happy they were that we were back in business. It was reported by one of the librarians that a patron, upon seeing the book sale sign, let out a loud, “Yeah,” coupled with a vigorous fist pump. Our Fall Book Sale is right around the corner. We’re working on the dates and will let you know as soon as they are confirmed.


The success of our spring book sales would not have been possible without your book donations. Please, keep ’em coming. We are delighted to accept your books donations during Library hours. Bring your donations to the Bookshop located on the first floor just past the Welcome Desk. 

Your used books are our lifeblood and we know that you depend on us as well. 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 books in good condition. Adult and children’s books: fiction, non-fiction, biographies & memoirs, cookbooks, etc. Anything you like to read, others will too. We also accept textbooks 2016 or newer (may have underlining or highlighting), antique and collectable books, CDs (music and audio book), and DVDs. We appreciate your cooperation. 

TEXTBOOKS – New this year, we are accepting textbooks on any subject. Unlike other books we accept, textbooks can have highlighting, underlining and notes in the margin but please, no ripped pages or broken spines.

THE FRIENDS CANNOT ACCEPT damaged books that are mildewed, stained, yellowed or torn. No travel books published before 2018. No encyclopedias. No outdated tech, business, current events, or medical books. We no longer accept cassettes, VHS tapes or records. 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.



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!

    *Volunteer in our NEW Bookshop. • First look at all donations • Flexible schedule • Opportunity to serve your community • Sign up alone, or with a friend
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