Book Donations and Sales



As we prepare for our Annual Sale and undertake some reorganization, we will not be accepting book donations from Monday, September 5 through Friday, September 30. Thank you for your cooperation, and for supporting the Library. 

We will resume accepting book donations on Saturday, October 1. From October 1, you may bring up to 5 bags or boxes of books during normal library opening hours. If you have more than 5 bags or boxes, please email to schedule an appointment.


SEPTEMBER 16 to SEPTEMBER 18 in the Princeton Public Library’s Community Room 

  • Gently used hardbacks, softcovers, trade books, academic books and more, all donated and carefully sorted and priced.
  • A broad range of categories for readers of all ages and interests!
  • Rare and collectible items, including first editions, limited editions, out-of-print editions, signed copies and other treasures
  • Most books priced $3 and below; special selections are higher.
  • Scanners are allowed at the tables but stockpiling and “clearing” are not permitted.
  • Cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted.
  • Parking (with a fee) in the adjacent municipal garage; enter the garage from Spring or Wiggins Streets. Assistance moving large purchases to the garage.


  • PREVIEW SALE (admission fee): Friday, September 16, 10 am – 12 pm 
    • Numbered admission tickets will be on sale at the door starting at 8 am. The first 25 tickets will be $20 per person, the remainder will be $5 per person. Customers enter the sale in numerical order and the number of customers in the room will be limited to 25 at a time. 
    • Tickets are free for members of the Friends of the Princeton Public Library.


  • REGULAR SALE (no admission fee, but we will be limiting the number of customers in the room): 
    • Friday, September 16, 12 pm – 5.30 pm
    • Saturday, September 17, 10am – 5:30 pm


  • HALF PRICE DAY (no admission fee, but we will be limiting the number of customers in the room): Sunday, September 18: 12 pm – 5:30 pm


  • Highlights include:
    • Memoirs of Ulysses S.Grant (2 volumes, complete, tree calf binding, gilt edges)  
    • Signed The Art of the Deal by Donald Trump (1987)   
    • Signed The Path to Power by Margaret Thatcher (limited ed., Easton Press)       
    • Signed From Eros to Gaia & Weapons and Hope by Freeman Dyson (1st eds.)
    • Signed In the Arena by Richard Nixon (limited ed. in slipcase, 1990)         
    • 1st edition The Glass Key by Dashiell Hammett (Knopf, 1931)                       
    • 1st edition Farewell My Lovely by Raymond Chandler Knopf, 1940)                                             
    • 1st edition Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (Harcourt Brace) 
    • 1st editions, Chapterhouse Dune & Heretics of Dune by Frank Herbert 
    • 1st edition The Evolution of Physics by Albert Einstein and Leopold Infeld 
    • 1st edition The Princess Bride by William Goldman (ex-Library copy)
    • 1st edition The Double Helix by James D. Watson (Atheneum,1968)                                          
    • Signed Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men & the Art of Animation by John Canemaker 

All proceeds benefit the Princeton Public Library.

Questions? Contact or (609) 924-9529 x.1227


Bookstore and Annual Book Sale

The Friends and Foundation of the Princeton Public Library run an amazing used bookstore on the ground floor of the library. Open to everyone during library hours, the store offers a wide selection of books, ranging from children’s early readers to thrillers to philosophical treatises. Books are added daily, so if you are looking for a beach read or that rare, out-of-print title, be sure to come in and browse for a bargain. In addition, the Friends and Foundation hosts a large-scale annual book sale each fall, which brings in booksellers from across the NY-NJ tri state area, and raises welcome funds to support the library.


We are always looking for new volunteers to join our team of book lovers who sort and price donated books, stock the bookstore or help out at our sales.

If you would like to learn more about volunteering opportunities, please contact the Friends and Foundation Book Sale Manager by emailing or by calling 609.924.9529 ext.1227.


Book/CD/DVD Donations


The Friends and Foundation need book donations to fill the tables at our sales and keep the bookstore shelves stocked with treasures. Although we welcome your books, CDs and DVDs throughout the year, we normally do not accept donations in the days leading up to our annual sale, and notices are placed on the website and at the library in advance.


We gladly accept books, CDs and DVDs in good condition, and can provide a tax receipt for all donations. Please pack items in sturdy bags or boxes, or tie them securely with string.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept:

  • Badly worn, marked up, stained, musty, or moldy items
  • Magazines or journals
  • Encyclopedias
  • VHS tapes, cassette tapes, computer games, or vinyl records
  • Computer, business, medical, or travel guides more than five years old

We are placing a temporary halt on book donations from Monday, September 5 through Friday, September 30. Until then, you can bring your book/CD/DVD/Blu-Ray donations of up to five boxes/bags each day, during library open hours, to the back of the library (off of Sylvia Beach Way). Ring the doorbell (at the double doors) and a staff member will assist you.  If you have more than five boxes of books and other materials to donate, please contact the Friends and Foundation Book Sale Manager by email at in advance to coordinate your donation. 

The Friends and Foundation of the Princeton Public Library tries to find a new home for each of the thousands of books donated to our bookstore and sales. These generous donations are the key to a successful retail operation, which typically raises over $150,000 for the library. Not every book finds its way to the shelves of our store; but, being book lovers ourselves, we make every effort to find a reader for each book.