Featuring 70,000 books!

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ACE  has a 67 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.

2014 Dates at the Adelbert Gymnasium, 2128 Adelbert Road

Booksale: Saturday, May 31 – Tuesday, June 3

Saturday, May 31                                                                                                                               10:00 AM – Noon, $20 admission; 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Free admission

Sunday, June 1                                                                                                                                    Add Coupon Day ($5 off purchase of $15 or more), 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Free Admission

Monday, June 2                                                                                                                               Reduced Price Day, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Free admission

Tuesday, June 3                                                                                                                                10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Free admission

Examples of noteworthy books for sale this year:


ACE BOOK SALE’S RARE TREASURE ALMOST DERAILED – A rare first edition of Blackstone’s four-volume Commentary on the Laws of England, 1765-69, was donated to the Book Sale in 2011.  Volunteers wondered how to sell this valuable treasure.  Marc Swartzbaugh, Fiction Department Chair and rare books enthusiast, came up with a solution: he had the availability of the Commentaries publicized on a law school library internet site.  Shortly thereafter, he received an expression of interest from a librarian at the University of Alabama Law School, and in due course Alabama agreed to pay a handsome price for the collection.  After concluding the sale, Marc had the books packed and sent off via Federal Express, only to learn that a massive tornado had struck Tuscaloosa on the very same day as the FedEx package was due to be delivered. The University of Alabama had been hit hard, and services to and from the campus were severely disrupted.  For two days, the shipment of valuable books was in limbo, until Marc finally succeeded in getting a call through to the Law School librarian, who reported that the books had been delivered intact!