Book Sales

Book Sales

26th Annual Summer Book Sale


Saturday, July 14: 9 am-5 pm
Sunday, July 15: 10 am-5 pm
Monday, July 16: 9 am-5 pm  (half-price day)
Tuesday, July 17: 9 am-1 pm  (contribution day)

Under the tents on Jesup Green

Links to printable pdfs of: 
Tent Layout and
Book Category Location in Tent

This year’s sale will feature more than 70,000 deeply discounted items in over 70 categories from A-Z. 
One entry line for the sale. Remember, no placeholders at the entrance.

Offerings include:

  • Art and Photography: A thoughtfully curated collection of very good books, including photography materials from Aperture, both books and periodicals.
  • Hardcover & paperback fiction & non-fiction
  • Children's books
  • Vinyl records, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks & more
  • Heritage Press books, from a single donor, almost 100 titles of American and world classics. All in slipcases in very good condition. Most with their Hourglass newsletter enclosed.

  • All our Featured Specials and noteworthy books will again have their own section

  • Vintage juvenile books will be in the children's tent in a separate, adjacent area, so you can decide what's vintage and what's not.
  • Here are Final 2018 Summer Sale Featured Specials, which now include 11 new titles added on 7/10/18. The features include a signed, inscribed John Steinbeck first edition of The Pearl and an artist's proof edition 1985 exhibition catalog, boldly signed by Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Visit the Outdoor Salon on Taylor Place on Saturday and Sunday. Different activities each day are featured, along with a cocktail and beer bar, fine food vending and live music.

On Sunday, WestportWRITES has a mini-conference and casual write-in.

On Main Street, the 45th Annual Westport Fine Arts Festival features a premier roster of national and international fine artists on Saturday & Sunday, July 14 & 15. Find out more...

To volunteer for the upcoming book sale, use this link to sign up online, email shooper [at] westportlibrary [dot] org. or fill out and return this printable form.

Link to google map. Parking is free and handicap accessible. Quick access from Exit 17 on I-95 or Exit 41 on CT 15 (Merritt Parkway)

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, please contact Suzy Hooper by phone: 203.291.4851 or by email: shooper [at] westportlibrary [dot] org.

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 203.291.4840 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
• video games

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.