Book Sales

Book Sales

27th Annual Summer Book Sale

July 20-23


Under the tents on Jesup Green and inside the air-conditioned Library

Saturday, July 20: 9 am-6 pm
Sunday, July 21: 10 am-5 pm
Monday, July 22: 9 am-5 pm
  (Half-Price Day)
Tuesday, July 23: 9 am-1 pm


Westport Library Book Sales are back! There is a huge selection of hardcover and paperback fiction books, non-fiction titles in over fifty categories, DVDs, CDs, vinyl records and thousands of children’s books.

  • Our unpriced mass market paperbacks will be $1 each but only on Saturday. Back to 50 cents on Sunday, and half-price on Monday.
  • And don’t forget our Noteworthy category: Books that are not quite special but still a cut above ordinary, including signed, old, interesting and definitely worth a careful look, as does our vintage Children’s books category.

Our special donor collections this year include:

  • William Louis-Dreyfus, philanthropist, businessman, art collector and poet, whose works were published in the New Criterion, Hudson Review, and the Southwest Review. He was also president of the Poetry Society of America, 1998-2008. In addition, his library had large holdings on civil rights and the American black experience.
  • Edward Vebell, a fencer and illustrator who during World War II was a staff artist for Stars & Stripes as well as the official courtroom artist for the Nuremberg war trials. His collection is heavy in militaria, the American West, and the American Indian, and much will be at the sale, augmented by other donations.
  • Emanuel “Manny” Margolis, a prominent civil rights attorney and onetime chairman of the ACLU of Connecticut.
  • Heritage Press: Several collections — in slipcases — in our Literature category.

Check back for Featured Specials list!

Visa, MasterCard, and American Express accepted. Admission is free. No prior sign-ups or place-holding.
No sale previews. No sales tax on purchases.

If you want to stay current on this sale and future Westport Library book sales, sign up for e-news and check “Book Sale News.”

The Book Sale coincides with the DMA’s Fine Arts Festival, creating a cultural summer weekend in the heart of Westport

All proceeds from the book sales directly benefit the Library.

Want to volunteer at the sale?  Fill out this online form or email Jennifer Bangser at jbangser [at] westportlibrary [dot] org (subject: Book Sale volunteer)


Daily Book Sales Are Back!


Look for new fiction, mysteries and topical nonfiction books as well as fifty-cent paperbacks. They are located in the LIbrary Café.


Book Sale Volunteers Welcome  

• To sort, research and price donated materials approximately once a week
• To help set up a Book Sale by carrying, un-boxing and shelving books
• To place signs and posters at locations around town to advertise the Book Sales
• To work a shift during a Book Sale as a cashier, greeter, tallyer or shelver
• To restock our community outreach kiosk at the Westport train station monthly

If you are interested in volunteering for the Library Book Sales, contact Jennifer Bangser at jbangser [at] westportlibrary [dot] org.  (subject: book sale volunteer) 

Book Sale donations are now being accepted in the trailer located in the Jesup lot during Library hours.

Thank you for supporting the sales! 

  • Books - all kinds, any subject, in good condition: fiction and non-fiction, hardcover and paperback, and especially recent books and children's books
  • Audiobooks on CDs
  • DVDs, CDs, Vinyl LPs and music scores
  • All printed materials with collectible appeal, including signed, vintage, rare or unique

The Westport Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donation receipts are available on request. The Library receives and processes over 100,000 items each year. Book Sale income supports Library programs, projects and the collection.

For questions about donations, please call 203.291.4807 or email booksales [at] westportlibrary [dot] org.

Books Sold All Year-Round

In March, our Spring Book Sale offers four days of indoor shopping with fiction, trade paper backs, cookbooks, children's books and much, much more.

The Library's largest sale in July is the annual Summer Book Sale that runs for four days under the tents on Jesup Green. This sale is a treasure hunt! With tens of thousands of titles in over 50 categories, there is truly something for everyone, including rare and featured specials.

In early December the Holiday Book and Gift Sale features pristine, gift-worthy books and unopened DVDs and CDs. For the complete holiday shopping experience, everything in the Library Store is also on sale.

Unsold Books Recycled

At the end of sales, leftover books are made available to multiple organizations, including preschools, schools with limited book budgets, special care homes for children, juvenile detention centers, women's shelters, domestic violence shelters and prisons.

Books have also been collected and sent to Africa, India, and the Philippines by concerned citizens.

Any remaining books are recycled into paper.

If you know of a place that needs books and wish to handle the transaction, please stop by our Spring and Summer Book Sales on the last morning of the sale.

The Following No Longer Accepted

Some of these materials might be accepted by other organizations, but the Library no longer handles:

• VHS tapes
• Audio cassettes
• Outdated computer software
• Magazines, unless collectible
• Encyclopedia sets, unless new or very old
• Self-recorded CDs and DVDs
• Water-damaged or mildewed materials

One More Way To Help

Besides donating books and can also help support the Library with a gift via check, credit card or online payment.

Your contribution supports over 1100 programs per year, the children's summer reading program, book club purchases, special events, technology and the Library's collection.