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Massive used-book sale to fund library, lecture series
Massive used-book sale to fund library, lecture series

More than 15,000 books up for grabs

A library organization is hosting its annual fall book sale. Book-buyers have more than 15,000 titles to choose from at the Memorial Library in Room 116 through Saturday. Sale organizers said the used book sale is one of the largest in Wisconsin

The Friends of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries sale takes place over four days with its proceeds benefitting a variety of events, special collections and a lecture series.

The annual book-buy event began Wednesday but continues Friday from 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m and Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. From 10:30 a.m.-1  p.m. Saturday, shoppers who bring a grocery-sized bag can fill it for $4. From 1:05 p.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, all remaining books are free, the library said.

Book prices are also reduced each day of the sale, but organizers said the books sell quickly.

Featured in the sale are collections of modern fiction, philosophy, art history, and French studies. Other genres include children’s books, American studies, foreign languages, cooking, physical and biological sciences, computer science, political science, law, education, self-help, reference, business, religion, women's studies and more.

There are also maps, DVDs, CDs, and many LPs. The library noted that this is the last sale at which LP records will be offered.

Nearly 60 volunteers help put the sale together; they said it annually draws students, faculty and the public from around the Midwest. Books are donated.

The sales help fund special purchases for the libraries’ collections, preservation of materials, annual lecture series and other special events for the public. The sale also funds grants for a visiting scholar program.

For information about the sale or donating books, go to www.library.wisc.edu/friends or call 608-265-2505.

The Memorial Library is located at 728 State St. in Madison.

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