ANNUAL BOOK SALE
Featuring over 70,000 books!
ACE has a 68 year tradition of offering one of the biggest book sales in Ohio. This four-day event, held at the beginning of the summer, draws a large crowd and, along with featuring titles form the worlds of popular fiction, politics, history, science, and sports, often contains autographed first-editions. Vinyl records, art books and over 20,000 used paperbacks are also for sale. All items are donated from estate sales, private collections, professional libraries, and generous alumni, and are sorted and appraised by a bevy of ACE volunteers. Our profits support CWRU and Lifelong Learning programs on and off campus.
For more information please call the Siegal Lifelong Learning Program office at 216-368-2090.
THE BOOK SALE PROJECT
“The sale is normally held about the first of June and has been held annually for the past 68 years. For our recent sale, 5 truck loads were required to move 44 pallets of books and supplies from the CWRU Cedar Warehouse to the Adelbert Gymnasium sale site. In the gym we set up 300 six-foot and eight-foot tables. On the opening day of the sale, there are 60,000 to 70,000 books. These are organized by 11 departments by subject and divided again within each department. Books are donated all year long. With the exception of a summer and winter break, the sorting and pricing process also continues throughout the year. This is attended to every Tuesday morning by a core of about 20 people. We are all book nuts. Regardless of your personal preference, there will be someone there who will be conversant in it.
After a year of sorting, it takes 3-4 days of set up followed by 4 days for the actual sale. During this time, there is a pool of 10-12 college students hired for the leg work. During the course of the sale, there will be approximately 100 volunteers and almost every one of them is also a book nut. Once the sale opens, the whole place is jammed with book enthusiasts.
Throughout the summer pickups are made, donations are received, and stored on pallets. The book process goes on year round.”
– Thomas Neuman, Book Sale Volunteer
Below are pictures from 2013 – 2014 that show every phase of the project over the course of the year, ending with the annual book sale.