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Thousands of Deeply Discounted Books, Comics For Sale

Northwestern University Library's annual book sale May 13 through May 15

  • Wednesday, May 13: Northwestern Community Day. Northwestern students, faculty, staff, and alumni with a valid WildCARD or alumni ID get exclusive access. Hardcover books will be $3, paperbacks $2, and mass-market paperbacks 50 cents.
  • Thursday, May 14: General Public Day. Open to the public. Prices remain the same.
  • Friday, May 15: Buck-a-Bag Day. Prices drop to $1 per bag of books, or $2 per box. (Provided, though supplies of boxes may be limited.)
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Make space on the bookshelf: Nearly 10,000 books and thousands of comics go on sale next month at deeply discounted prices during Northwestern University Library’s annual book sale.

The sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from May 13 through May 15 in the Library’s Ver Steeg Lounge, (third floor, south tower), 1970 Campus Drive, Evanston.

  • Wednesday, May 13: Northwestern Community Day. Northwestern students, faculty, staff, and alumni with a valid WildCARD or alumni ID get exclusive access. Hardcover books will be $3, paperbacks $2, and mass-market paperbacks 50 cents.
  • Thursday, May 14: General Public Day. Open to the public. Prices remain the same.
  • Friday, May 15: Buck-a-Bag Day. Prices drop to $1 per bag of books, or $2 per box. (Provided, though supplies of boxes may be limited.)

This year’s sale will include impressive collections in art, photography, architecture, fiction, history and overstock Northwestern University Press titles in mint condition.

A wide variety of books are available, ranging from “Addressing the Century: 100 Years of Art & Fashion,” and Earnest Hemingway’s legendary novel, “A Farewell to Arms,” to “The Chicago Historical Society, 1856 – 1956.”

Each year, the Library culls its duplicate or damaged books, while processing thousands of gifted books that do not always match the specific needs of its collection. As a result, an annual book sale is one way the Library can manage its stacks -- while giving avid readers in the greater Northwestern community a chance to catch up with a good book.

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