Big Book Sale FAQs

Where is the sale?

Main Library, 96 South Grant Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215 in the Larry Black Auditorium and meeting room 1A on the first floor, directly across from the parking garage entrance. There will be signs directing you to the sale. Adult material is in the auditorium and kids material is in meeting room 1A.

When is the Big Book Sale?

Friend Preview Night
May 28, 2020, 4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

General Public
May 29 – 30, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Clearance Sale
May 31, 2020, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 pm

Where do I park?

Main Library has its own parking garage. The first hour is free; fees apply after the first hour.

How much are the books?

Children’s books are $1, paperback is $2, hardcover is $3, CDs are $2, DVDs/Blu-Ray are $3. (Unless otherwise priced)

What’s the deal on Sunday during the clearance?

On Sunday, you purchase by the bag. It’s $8.50 per bag and you receive a complimentary Friends of the Library tote.

How can I pay?

We accept cash and credit cards.

Will you have bags?

Yes, we will have Friends of the Library tote bags for sale at $3.50 each. We might have limited grocery-style bags available, but we highly recommend you bring your own (heavier duty) bags.

Who has access to the pre-sale on Thursday?

Only members of Friends of the Library have access to the preview event on Thursday. Join at the door or online by visiting

How much is a membership?

Memberships start at $25, and offer many great benefits, including early access to the Big Book Sales! Learn more here:

I’d like to volunteer – where can I learn more?

Just click here.

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