The Cambridge Public Library Used Book Sale

June 17th – 18th, 2023
31 Brattle Street Harvard Square
The Friends of the Cambridge Public Library invite you to a used book sale benefitting the Cambridge Public Library! We have 3,000+ used children’s (fiction and non-fiction), Young Adult, and adult fiction books donated by the public.

The sale will be on Saturday, June 17 from 11am-5pm and Sunday, June 18 from 12-4pm at 31 Brattle Street (former location of the Brattle Square Florist). There is a Friends-only preview sale on Saturday 10-11am and you can become a Friend of the Library at the door for $20.

Children’s books starting at $1, Adult books are $2-3. We will also have a raffle featuring prizes from local businesses. All proceeds benefit the Cambridge Public Library.

More details on the book sale:

The Friends of the Cambridge Public Library, in partnership with the Harvard Square Business Association and Asana Partners, is excited to announce their first ever Used Book Sale on June 17th – 18th. 
Join us from 1pm – 5pm at 31 Brattle Street in Harvard Square. 100% of proceeds earned will benefit library programs.  

The library will be collecting donations of gently used children’s and adult fiction books on May 13th from 11am-3pm at 31 Brattle Street. Books will be sold back to the public, starting at $1. 

Denise Jillson, executive director of the Harvard Square Business Association said, “We are so appreciative of the continued goodwill extended by Asana Partners. Since they arrived in the Square several years ago, they have been outstanding community partners. In this current collaboration with the HSBA, Asana is providing newly-renovated space to the Friends of the Cambridge Public Library for this important fundraiser. Their generosity will allow the community to come together in beautiful space to raise funds for library programs and give used books new life! The HSBA and Asana wish the “Friends” great success and their book-buyers many hours of leisurely summer reading!”       
How can I get involved?
May 13: sorting and organizing books – please sign up here
June 10: sorting and organizing books, sale setup – please sign up here
June 17 and June 18: sorting and organizing books, greet shoppers – please sign up here

What types of books can I donate? We will only accept children’s books (fiction and non-fiction), Young Adult books and adult fiction books (both paperback and hardback including mystery/thriller, sci-fi, and romance).We are limiting the types of books we are accepting due to the ease of sorting and organizing. This is our first book sale and we hope to have book sales in the future with additional categories!Books must be in gently used condition or better.

How can I donate books? Please drop off books on May 13 between 11am-3pm at 31 Brattle Street. Please note there is a loading zone in front of the former GNC location where you may park while dropping off books.

Will there be additional book donation dates? Depending on interest, we may schedule additional book donation dates. Please check this page for updates!

Where will the book sale take place? The book sale will take place at the same location as the book drop off location, 31 Brattle Street in Harvard Square

What happens to unsold books? We are still sorting out logistics, but unsold books will be donated to other local nonprofits including More Than Words and the Prison Book Program or stored for future book sales.

Do you have additional questions? Please email or use the Contact form on our website.