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Annual library book sale May 13-15

Make space on the bookshelf: Nearly 10,000 books and thousands of comics go on sale at deeply discounted prices this May at Northwestern University Library’s annual book sale. Held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day in Main Library’s Ver Steeg Lounge, the popular sale covers several days and several ways to shop:

Wednesday, May 13: Northwestern Community Day 
Northwestern students, faculty, staff, and alumni with a valid WildCARD or alumni ID get exclusive access. Hardcover books will be $3, paperbacks $2, and mass-market paperbacks 50 cents.

Thursday, May 14: General Public Day
Members of the community are welcome; prices remain the same.

Friday, May 15: Buck-a-Bag Day
Prices drop substantially to $1 per bag of books, or $2 per box. (Provided, though supplies of boxes may be limited.)

This year’s sale will include impressive collections in art, photography, architecture, fiction, history and overstock Northwestern University Press titles in mint condition. Whether it’s a copy of “Addressing the Century: 100 Years of Art & Fashion,” or Earnest Hemingway’s legendary novel, “A Farewell to Arms,” or “The Chicago Historical Society, 1856 – 1956,” there are books for every taste on offer.

Each year, the Library culls its duplicate or damaged books, while processing thousands of gifted books that do not always match the specific needs of its collection. As a result, an annual book sale is one way the Library can manage its stacks – while giving avid readers in the greater Northwestern community a chance to catch up with a good book.

For questions or more information, contact Toby Worscheck at (847) 491-2932.

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