Featuring over 70,000 books!

The 2016 Book Sale will be held on the following days:

Saturday, May 21        10 am – 12 noon

                                       Preview ($20 fee)

                                 12 noon – 5pm

                                       Free admission

Sunday, May 22         12 noon – 5 pm

                                      Coupon Day ($5 off $15 or more)

Monday, May 23        12 noon – 5 pm

                                      Reduced Pricing

Tuesday, May 24       10 am – 1 pm

                                      Box Sale $5



“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



Year-round drop off is at 10620 Cedar Avenue, between Fairhill and E. 105th, from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday. Please go to the package delivery dock on Cedar and ring the bell. You are responsible for unloading your owns boxes. Pick-ups can be arranged for those who have six (6) or more boxes of books.

At this time we are not taking encyclopedias, magazines, journals, or textbooks in the social sciences that are more than three years old. For additional information, or to arrange a pick-up, please contact the Siegal Lifelong Learning office at 216-368-2090.