Book Sales

2024 Literary Loot: Book Bags with Benefits

Coming soon! We’ll be offering a limited edition, artist designed bag, with benefits that include filling your bag the June Book Sale, free books at pop-ups, and BOGOs until May 2025 in The Book End.

The Book End/The Book Nook

Located on the 2nd floor of the Library, The Book End sells gently used fiction, general nonfiction, cookbooks, poetry, history, biographies, young adult, and children’s books, as well as DVDs and audiobooks on CD. The store features a selection of new and noteworthy books on display and recommendations from our volunteers. The Book End is staffed entirely by volunteers, and proceeds benefit the programs, collections, and facilities of Iowa City Public Library.

The Book Nook — located on the Library’s first floor and open during ICPL hours, offers a wide assortment of media available for pay-what-you-like donation.

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Upcoming Sales & Fundraising Events

Each year, the ICPL Friends Foundation holds multiple fundraising events and used book sales to benefit the Library. Books are donated by the community and come from discarded Library materials. Scheduled sales include:

  • PAST 2/24/2024 – Pop-up book sale of children’s book at One Book Two Book Festival in lobby of FilmScene at the Chauncey
  • PAST 5/1/2024 – Johnson County Great Give Day pop-up sale in Library Lobby
  • 6/15/2024 – Cool off during Iowa City Pride and shop our major book sale
  • 10/5/2024 – Celebrate your #fREADom to Read at our pop-up book sale in the Library Lobby as part of the Intellectual Freedom Festival
  • 10/19/2024 – Join us for a pop-up book sale in the Library Lobby, extending into Meeting Room D, as part of the Iowa City Book Festival
  • 12/7/2024 – Arts & Crafts Bazaar and book sale

Reseller Preregistration

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Donate Used Books

Do you have gently used items you’d like to donate? We’d love to accept them! Drop off your donations at the first-floor Help Desk any time the Library is open.

If you have more than two boxes of items to donate, contact the Development Office at 319-356-5249 or to arrange a pickup time. We’ll meet you at the 10-minute parking spot in front of the Library to accept your donations. Please review the donation guidelines before donating.

Contact Us

The Book End

ICPL Development Office