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Friends of the Library Book Sales

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The Friends of the Oakville Public Library holds book sales throughout the year. Thousands of donated titles spanning all genres are offered for purchase. These sales have generated thousands of dollars that have supported numerous library programs and services. As a volunteer organization, we advocate for a sustainable, environment friendly and affordable access to book ownership to continue to encourage literacy.

Book Sales have returned!

In June 2022, the Friends of the Library book sale returned and was a huge success. We are thrilled to be back in-person and ready to see you at our upcoming book sales. We have thousands of books looking for a new home and people like you who love to read! We can hardly wait to see you! 

Let us welcome the cozy warmth of fall with a warm drink curled up in our favourite space with a book in hand.  We have thousands of gently loved books and audio visual materials looking for a new home and to keep you entertained over the winter. 
 
Your participation continues to support us to reach our goals. The proceeds from book sales help OPL to expand library services and spaces and create a welcoming space to all members of our community.

Book Sale Dates 

Fall Sale

Wednesday October 26, 2022 – 1pm to 7pm
Thursday October 27, 2022 – 1pm to 7pm
Friday October 28, 2022 – 11am to 4pm
Saturday October 29, 2022 –  11am to 4pm 

Winter Sale

Fri Dec 9, 2022 – 10am to 4pm
Sat Dec 10, 2022 –  10am to 4pm

Where?

Oakville Public Library, 120 Navy St, Oakville, Central Branch Auditorium
All book sales are open to the public.

What’s new?

  • Fill your bag – FOL shopping bags will be for sale for $15, which can be filled with as many items as possible
  • If you purchased an FOL shopping bag at our June sale, bring it back and fill again for $10.
  • If you are purchasing individually priced items, please bring your own shopping bags.
  • Books are not sold by weight, but are individually priced based on category:
    • Hardcover/Softcover books - $2 each
    • AV (DVD’s, VHS, etc) – 10 for $2
    • Children Picture Books – 5 for $2
  • Contactless payment is available with tiptap using your debit card/Interac, credit cards: Visa, American Express, MasterCard, and mobile phone wallets including GooglePay and ApplePay.
  • We accept cash but exact change is highly recommended.

Book Sale FAQs

Who are the Friends of the Oakville Public Library?
The FOL are a committee of dedicated, talented volunteers who believe in the value of a strong public library in our community, support the library’s vision, mission and values and contribute to their community through volunteerism.
 
Can I volunteer for the book sale?
Our book sale and committee volunteers are book lovers, library supporters, and community members who enjoy getting out for a fulfilling volunteer experience. If that sounds like you, visit our Friends of the Oakville Public Library page and view available options.
 
Are book sales open to the public?
Yes! All sales are now open to the public. Join us on the first day of the sale to get the best selection.
 
I recently saw the FOL at a community event. Does the FOL run popup sales?
Yes – watch for us at community events in Oakville. If you are interested in knowing where we’ll be next, share your email with us at fol@oakville.ca        
 
Does the FOL sell donated books at OPL Branches?
Yes! Friendly Finds, which are gently used materials – books, audio books and audio-visual materials, in great condition, are available for sale at all OPL branches. They are handpicked, curated and chosen by OPL staff and Friends of the Library from the donated books received at OPL and out of circulation books that are weeded by OPL staff.  Proceeds from the sale of materials support enhancing library programs and services within the community. Visit an OPL Branch Location near you.
 
How do I become a member of Friends of the Oakville Public Library?
As of July 2022, Friends of the Library memberships are no longer offered. All book sales will be open to the public. If you are interested in hearing more about future sales, share your email with us at fol@oakville.ca  If you can’t attend the book sales and wish to support OPL programs and services, you can donate here
 
Will you be having book sales in 2023?
Yes! Book Sales are being planned 2023 and beyond and dates will be posted here. If you are interested in hearing more about future sales, share your email with us at fol@oakville.ca       
 
Can I donate books and materials for the sale?
Yes! Donations are accepted only at OPL’s Central Branch. If you would like to donate books or audio-visual materials, please note OPL will only accept material that can be resold.  Visit our book donations page to learn more.
 

Contact Friends of the Library fol@oakville.ca
Charitable Registration Number 11924 8169 RR0001

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