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The Friends of Tompkins County Public Library will hold the annual Fall Book Sale over three long weekends in October, beginning Saturday, Oct. 7th, at 509 Esty St, Ithaca. The sale is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday-Monday, Oct. 7-9 and 14-16, and Saturday-Tuesday, Oct. 21-24. Prices start low and drop each weekend. Free parking is available across the street. More details are available online at or call 607-272-2223.

First Day Purchase Limit:  In order to serve as many book lovers as possible, on the first Saturday, Oct. 7th, each shopper may purchase a maximum of 50 items at a time. After checking out, customers must leave the building, but may rejoin the line to come in and shop again as many times as they wish. 

Special shopping days: 

  • Senior Day (age 60+ and anyone with a disability): Wednesday, Oct. 18, 10am-4pm
  • Student Night (age 16+ with valid school ID): Wednesday, Oct. 18, 4-8pm
  • Dime Day (every item on the main floor is just 10 cents!): Monday, Oct. 23
  • Bag Day (BYO standard reusable bag and fill it for just $1!): Tuesday, Oct. 24

Each Book Sale offers up to 250,000 gently used books, DVDs, CDs, comics and graphic novels, puzzles, games, and other items, organized into 70+ subject categories for easy shopping. The large Children’s Section, organized by subject as well, typically includes more than 30,000 items. The Collector’s Corner offers rare and antiquarian books, first editions, collectible vinyl records, art, ephemera, and vintage toys and games.  

This sale will also feature a special display, “Gifts Central,” which includes hundreds of books and other items in new or like-new condition (for adults and children), that will make great gifts for the holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions.

Proceeds from the Book Sales held each spring and fall are used to fund the Friends of the Library’s annual grants that support Tompkins County Public Library and other libraries in the Finger Lakes region, as well as local non-profit organizations for literacy and reading projects, and scholarships for library science students.