Used Book Sales

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Back to School! This fall, come browse for your favorite books at the Friends of the Potsdam Public Library bookstore.

  • When? Open every day except Sunday
  • What times? 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.
  • Where? Potsdam Library basement.

Used Bookstore

Open from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM Monday-Saturday, the Used Bookstore is located below the library in the basement of the Civic Center.  The Friends of the Potsdam Public Library is a non-profit volunteer organization and operates the bookstore. All proceeds benefit the Potsdam Public Library.

Area residents donate most of the books in the store, with some coming from the library.  Our donors are very generous with their most precious books. Our Used Bookstore sells many of the books, and other books sell at our “Big” Book Sales. The library often finds new and sought-after books for its collection among our donations!  Our volunteers sort the books based on value and content. “You never know what is going to be in the next box!”.

Interested in volunteering?  You can make a difference by volunteering to sort donations, maintain the bookstore shelves, list online books or help with our “big” book sales which are held a few times a year.  For more information, click the Volunteer with the Friends button below.

Donating books?  We accept small donations during bookstore hours. Please contact the library to schedule drop-off of large donations with one of our volunteers.  We appreciate your donations in good or excellent condition, but we do not accept books in poor condition, encyclopedias, or magazines. A good rule of thumb is if you wouldn’t buy it at a used bookstore, we cannot sell it!

“Big” Book Sales

We usually hold an annual Summer Book Sale in July to coincide with the Potsdam Summer Festival. Our other seasonal big sales take place sometime in the spring and fall.  All big sales are in the basement outside the bookstore. All proceeds from the sales and the bookstore benefit the Library.

Donate when you shop!

Shop on Amazon using Goodshop and donate a portion of your purchase to the Friends of the Potsdam Public Library. Be sure to designate the Friends as your charity of choice.

Amazon Marketplace Store

We also operate an online used bookstore through using the Marketplace where some donated books are listed at higher prices than we would ordinarily charge in the bookstore or at a regular book sale.