Friends of the Kelly Library Annual Book Sale

Friends of the Kelly Library Annual Book Sale

Friends of the Kelly Library Annual Book Sale

September 25 to September 29, 2018


Father Madden Hall
Carr Hall, 100 St. Joseph Street
(across the street from The John M. Kelly Library)

Book Sale Hours

Day Time Fee
Tues. Sept 25 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. $5 entry fee today only
Wed. Sept. 26 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free admission
Thurs. Sept. 27 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free admission
Friday. Sept 28 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free admission; 1/2 price after 4 p.m.
Sat. Sept 29 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free admission; $15 box all day

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 50,000 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 languages, 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, providing the latest technologies for scholarship and preserving and enhancing the existing collection all for benefit of current and future students of St. Mike’s.

We are looking for book donations

We accept:

  • Books of all subject areas in great condition
  • Books in all languages
  • CDs, DVDs, vinyl records
  • Sheet music and song books

We do not accept:

  • Magazines or journals
  • Textbooks published prior to 2015
  • Musty or moldy books

We’d appreciate books packed in bankers boxes or liquor store boxes so that our volunteers can handle them. Donations can be dropped off at the Kelly Library, 113 St. Joseph Street during regular library hours. Please do not leave boxes outside, or in any other part of the College, as they will not be secure.

Pickups of larger quantities can be arranged by volunteer drivers. For more information, please contact Manda Vrkljan at

Volunteer Your Time

The Friends of the Library are looking for volunteers to assist with setting up/packing up and restocking the tables for the Annual SMC Book Sale. If you would like to volunteer please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Rick Hayward.

We have a huge selection of Greek and Latin classics this year, as well as an outstanding collection of books on religion, especially books on the early and medieval church and the Patristics. We also have an unusual collection on the New World Hispanic evangelical movement.

Additionally, we have:

  • a nice selection of signed first editions in virtually pristine condition.
  • a wonderful collection of early hardcover Agatha Christie mysteries, many with dust jackets.
  • two sets of the 11th Edition Encyclopedia Britannica (one in leather, one with wide margins).
  • an outstanding collection of books in French, including many works of modern fiction.
  • an eclectic selection of fine collectibles, ranging from leather-bound texts of the 1700s to an early Margaret Atwood, high-end books on collecting porcelain and fine furniture, and an early LOTR boxed set, among many other, unusual and interesting books.

Book Sale Pricing

Hardcovers $5.00 ea.
Softcovers $3.00 ea.
Pocket Paperbacks 50¢ ea. (located in the Kelly Cafe)
DVDs, VHS, CDs, and Vinyl $1.00 ea.
Special Editions as marked


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