You might remember last year when I attended the used book sale of all used book sales, and–thank God!–just like every year, the Denver Public Library is at it again. During last year’s sale, I had a few glorious finds, novels that I’d heard of but never gotten around to reading right at my fingertips for pennies on the dollar. In honor of this year’s sale (and my upcoming vacations–woohoo!) I’ll be reviewing some of those oldies but goodies.

In the meantime, if you fancy yourself a good sale hunter and books are worth rubbing a few sweaty elbows (because they are), then here are all the juicy details on this year’s Denver Public Library book sale.

The Denver Public Library’s Annual Gigantic Used Book Sale will take place Thursday, June 7 through Sunday, June 10, 2012. The outdoor sale is located on the north lawn of Denver Central Library, 14th Ave. & Broadway, and features over 70,000 items — including children’s books, non-fiction and fiction books, along with CDs, DVDs and audio books — all at bargain prices starting at under a $1. New items will be added daily.

Special dates/events:

Wednesday, June 6, from 6 – 8 p.m. the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation is hosting a Members-Only Pre-Sale Party. For Membership information or for more details about the Used Book Sale, please call 720-865-2054 or visit

Saturday, June 9, from noon – 4 p.m., the Library will host Family Fun Day activities presented by Mountain States Toyota.

Sunday, June 10, from 2 – 3 p.m., teachers and representatives from non-profit organizations (with valid I.D.) can take home ANY of the remaining items for FREE during the Great Book Giveaway.

Throughout the sale, teachers with valid ID receive a 25% discount.

Public Sale hours are as follows:

  • Thursday, June 7, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Friday, June 8, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Saturday, June 9, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Sunday, June 10, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Great Book Giveaway For Teachers & Non-Profits (w/valid ID)

  • Sunday, June 10, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Buyers’ Bargains

  • Hardbacks:  $3
  • Trade paperbacks: $2
  • Mass market paperbacks:  50 cents
  • DVDs:  $2
  • CDs:  $1
  • Audio Books:  $5
  • Better Books:  priced as marked

Cash, checks and credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, and Discover) accepted.

Volunteers are needed: email if interested. Volunteers receive free parking, refreshments, and a 25% discount coupon.

Want to Donate Books?

Books are collected year-round from generous donors and de-accessioned materials from the Denver Public Library. The Library is accepting donations for the Summer Used Book Sale through Friday, May 25 and will resume accepting donations on Monday, July 9.

For details about book donations, contact Hannah Miles at or call



Presented by: Denver Public Library Friends Foundation

Sponsored by: Mountain States Toyota, Denver Post Community, Telemundo Denver,

El Semanario/The Weekly Issue, Jazz 89.3 KUVO, Denver Community Credit Union     

All proceeds benefit the Denver Public Library.