Friends of the Kelly Library Annual Book Sale

September 27 ~ September 30 2016

Book Sale Hours

Tuesday Sep. 27 1:00pm – 8pm $5 Entry fee

Wednesday Sep. 28 8:30am – 8pm

Thursday Sep. 29 8:30am – 8pm

Friday Sep. 30 8:30am – 8pm
½ Price Sale 8:30am to 4pm
$15 a box 4:00pm to 8pm

About the Kelly Library Book Sale

Every fall, the Friends of the John M. Kelly Library host a used book sale to raise funds for the St. Michael’s College Kelly Library. The sale features more than 100,000 donated books and other media items, which have been sorted into an array of scholarly and general categories. It also features musical scores, biographies, literature in foreign, a children`s corner, cookbooks, and much, much more. Our special editions include curiosities, rarities, signed first editions, and exquisite art books.

The proceeds go towards improving the physical spaces within the library, provide the latest technologies for scholarship, and preserve and enhance the existing collection all for benefit of current and future students of St. Mike’s.

Donating to the Book Sale

Donations can be dropped off to the Kelly Library, which is located at 113 St. Joseph Street. For large donations, please contact the library to schedule a time for the material will be dropped off. To arrange for a pick up please email the Book Sale Coordinator, Peter Rogers with the subject line: Book Sale Donations 2016. The donations must be packed prior to pick up. Please pack the items in boxes that are equal size to banker boxes; any larger could possibly injure the person lifting the boxes.

We accept all types of media for the sale, such as but not limited to, books, DVDs, VHS, tapes, and CDs. However, we will recycle magazines, outdated text books, damaged and/or musty books.

Highlights of the 2015 Book Sale

Last year, we had an especially fine selection of history and religion books.  The language selection was huge, with excellent French, Italian, German books, but also a large selection of Slavic language, Romanian, Gaelic, Baltic languages…and of course Greek and Latin classics.

We had a wonderful and large selection of first edition small press modern poetry (many signed); a huge selection of signed modern first editions in fine condition; a big collection of 50s scifi and pulp fiction books; a nice selection of Franklin Library. There was also Folio and Heritage Press works;  a selection of architecture and design books; and an especially large selection of oversized and beautiful coffee table books.  Last but not least, there was a good  assortment of LPs, which included boxes of 78 rpms!

Book Sale Pricing

Hard Covers $5.00 ea.

Trade Paperbacks $3.00 ea.

Popular Fiction $3.00 ea. or 2/$5.00

Pocket Paperbacks 50¢ ea., 3/$1.00, or 20/$5.00

DVDs, VHS, CDs, and Vinyl $1.00 ea.

Special Editions as marked


Cash, Debit, MasterCard, VISA, and personal cheques.


Our donors come from the St. Michael’s community of professors, students and alumni, as well as other members of the GTA community.

Volunteer Your Time

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Learn more about the Friends of the John M. Kelly Library.