First Saturday Book Sale

People With Books at the Friends of the Pacific Grove Public Library Book Sale

The Friends of the Pacific Grove Public Library holds the “First Saturday Book Sale” on the first Saturday of most months from 10am until 4pm. With the Library now temporarily at 542 Lighthouse Ave. (The Holman), the Book Sale has relocated to Saint Mary's By the Sea at 146 12th St. - the corner of Central & 13th Streets - a couple of blocks from the library. Sale books are almost exclusively donations by library patrons. Book donations are made to the library throughout the month and processed by volunteers for resale, this includes evaluating the books, cleaning the books, and sorting them into general categories for sale (history/biography, cooking, etc.) The library also receives donations of music CDs, DVDs, and audiobooks. The book sale has raised over $45,000 for the library book fund, and is ongoing.

Donations often include old and rare books, sets of books, special production art books, specially bound volumes, and many other unusual books that are evaluated and specially priced.

Adult Books

  • Hardbacks: $2
  • Trade Paperbacks: $1
  • Mass Paperbacks $.50

Children Books

  • Hardbacks: $1
  • Paperbacks: $.25

DVDs: $3

Audiobooks: $3

Music CDs: $.50

What are “Specially Priced Books”?

Each month, volunteers process hundreds of donated books. A small number of these are unusual, either old and possibly of value to a collector or sometimes very fine volumes in leather bindings, or sometimes limited additions by sought after authors. These books are carefully researched on-line to understand what other sellers are asking for the item. All of the “Specially Priced Books” have to be moved into and out of the limited storage for each book sale, thus, we price these books to “sell”. Generally we ask about one half of the on-line price for comparable items. We try to price the books so that they will move, while also trying to preserve income for the library for the purchase of new books.

Donating books:

During the Library Renewal Project move and closure donations are not being accepted at the Library. If you would like to donate books, book donation drop off hours at Saint Mary's By the Sea are Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Donated books need to be resalable (very dirty, discolored, mildewed, damaged or detached covers, old text books, old computer books, etc. are not suitable for resale). Please don’t donate books that you wouldn’t consider buying yourself.

Volunteering to help:

Before each book sale, volunteers must move an enormous number of books from storage locations in the library, set up tables for display, and more or less set up a “book store” in the library arcade. This needs to be done before the library opens for business in order to minimize impact on operation of the library. Likewise, at the end of the sale, unsold items must be returned to storage locations for use during future sales. Everything must be returned to storage before the library closes for the day. This is a lot of work and additional volunteers are always appreciated. If you would like to help support the library in this way, please contact Diana Godwin at 648-5767.


Book Sale Volunteers