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Friends of the Kelly Library

Annual SMC Book Sale: Oct 29 ~ Nov 2

Book Sale Hours

Tues. Oct. 29 | 6pm - 9:30pm |
$20 Entry fee includes access to opening night reception (6pm, Kelly Library)

Wed. Oct. 30 | 8:30am to 8pm | Students: Free | General public: $3 | Location: Kelly Café

Thurs. Oct. 31 | 8:30am - 8pm

Fri. Nov. 1 | 8:30am - 8pm

Sat. Nov. 2 | 10am - 2pm

Featuring a large number of rarities and special collections to entice the collector, book dealer and book lover


Some highlights:

A very special find, Paxton’s Botany, 1834 first edition in original green morocco 3/4 leather, 14 volumes, with about 600 full page color plates, many folding.  This is a spectacular set, quite scarce and desirable (see photo above)

A nice collection of first editions, including Andrew Wyeth, Ring Lardner, Steinbeck firsts (with dust jackets), as well as a big selection modern signed firsts in very good condition

A collection of mid-century modern art/sculpture books, many inscribed, from the library of Dora de Pedery Hunt

An exceptional collection of scholarly books on religion and especially Catholicism, including numerous Catholic authors such as Chesterton, with several rare 1st editions of John Henry Newman dating back to the 1840s

A large collection of Canadiana, many first editions, including Atwood and Leacock signed

In addition we have several important scholarly collections from local professors, a fine selection of Irish literature and lore, a good selection of Greek and Latin classics including a beautiful leather set of Grote’s Greece, a large selection of coffee table and art books, many hard to find or rare, numerous important German works, including 19th century leatherbounds, many Italian and French books, and a large selection of history, science, social science and other books. 

And, of course, a good selection of hardcover fiction and thousands of $.50 fiction paperbacks.

All in all, a very exciting sale for collectors and book-lovers – and all priced to sell!

Volunteer Your Time

Anyone wishing to volunteer can apply online.


Donate Your Books

If you're not into buying books, consider reducing clutter in your home by donating some!

We're delighted to receive. Feel free to drop off books at the Kelly Library circulation desk during library hours.If you have any questions, or need to arrange for a pickup of your donations, please contact David Hagelaar at 416-926-7250 or at d.hagelaar@utoronto.ca