Columbus Metropolitan Library

Friends of the Library

Big Book Sales have been postponed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Big Book Sales are a favorite Friends of the Library event—held twice a year—to give items withdrawn from the library’s collection a second chance at a well-read life. Revenue earned from the sales support library programs and services and help fund future library levy campaigns.

Friends of the Library members get early access to Big Book Sales and receive 10% off their purchases.

When is the Big Book Sale?

Big Book Sales have been postponed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

When we are able to have the next Big Book Sale, watch for our Friends of the Library Members Only Preview dates for early access to shop and our Open to All dates for the general public to shop.

Also, watch for our Clearance Sale:

Bring a sturdy bag to fill for $5. Proud supporters can purchase a Friends of the Library canvas tote and stock up for $8.50.

General Pricing

Children’s Books start at $1
Adult Fiction & Nonfiction Books start at $2
DVDs, CDs & Audiobooks start at $2

Interested in Volunteering?

We aren’t accepting volunteer applications due to cancellation of our books sales. See below for Frequently Asked Questions about volunteering.

Yes! We love volunteers. Big Book Sale volunteers help us contribute even more to the library. Volunteering is a great way to learn more about Friends of the Library and connect with other Friends members and library supporters.

Volunteer responsibilities vary and may include pre-sorting materials at the library’s operations center; unpacking, organizing and stocking sale tables, and helping pre-count items in the checkout line. More details are available on the sign-up sheet.

First, you get the satisfaction and good feeling of volunteering your time to support Friends of the Library and Columbus Metropolitan Library. Second, (just in case you need a little extra nudge), volunteers get early access to materials. Third (for the extra thrifty among you), volunteers receive one free book per shift and we encourage you to volunteer for multiple shifts.

All book sale volunteers must complete Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Volunteer Application form. When filling out the application select “Circulation” under How I Want to Help and “Big Book Sales” under Location Preference. Please note that background checks are required to volunteer.


Contact the Library Store at (614) 849-1056 or email us using the form below.


Friends of the Library is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) organization.

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