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Oregon's Biggest Used Book Sale

It's time for the annual fall sale by the nonprofit Friends of the Multnomah County Library.
People line up hours early on the first night of this popular used book sale that supports the Multnomah County Library system of 17 branches.

The Friends of the Library will hold this 33rd annual fall used book sale Oct. 6 through 9 at 1635 NE Sandy Blvd., in the former car dealership building.

The sale offers 100,000 donated good and best quality books, tapes, CDs and DVDs at low prices: Most adult books start at $1.50 and children's items are priced from 50 cents.

Proceeds go to public library programs and for new books and materials. The sale is sponsored by The Oregonian newspaper.

Hours are 6 to 9 PM Friday, Oct. 6; 9 AM to 6 PM Saturday; 11 AM to 5 PM Sunday, and 9 AM to 3 PM Monday -- 75 percent discount day. Friday is Friends' members' only night, but yearly memberships are available at the door for $30 for individuals, $45 for families, and $20 for seniors 65 years of age and older.

The sale building is near the intersection of Sandy and East Burnside Street. On-street parking is in the area, and TriMet's No. 12 bus serves the site.

For more information, see www.friends-library.org or call 503-224-9176.
Sale picked clean 01.Oct.2006 18:49

jail bush

this sale gets worse every year with so many hands in the books before the public gets to them. powell's is in there, volunteers who set it up scarf the good stuff and the prices rival those of retail used book stores. like everything else, it's a disappointment.

A Great Sale for a Good Cause 01.Oct.2006 20:12

North Portlander

This is the biggest and best selection of used books at sale in Oregon this year. Powell's not not holding its Square Deal Sale in 2006, leaving the Friends of Multnomah County Library Sale as the best opportunity to buyers.

Volunteers are not allowed to "pre-pick" or "pre-buy" books or to horde books. This year new rules will not allow buyers to accumulate more than one box before buying (no stashing under tables or tossing box after box in a "hold" area to pick over later, as has happened in the past).

The books are still very reasonably priced and the Friends almost give away what's left on Sunday by offering sackload deals on what is left.

Check out the site link (above) for more information. It's worth attending.