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Thank you for celebrating our 50th Anniversary Big Book Sale with us!

Our 50th Anniversary Big Book Sale was a huge success! We surpassed our goal by $44,773  raising just over $244,733 dollars. With no item priced higher than $3, that's a lot of books sold!

Thank you for shopping at, volunteering at, celebrating and supporting our Golden Anniversary.  The sale brought in about $45,000 MORE than last year, proving that our city loves to read and continues to support our public libraries.

Held at Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion, our Annual Big Book Sale features over 500,000 books, DVDs, CDs, books on tape, vinyl and other forms of media in over 100 categories.

EVERYTHING is $3 or less, with a 3-2-1 scale: $3-hard cover books; $2-paperback books; $1-DVDs, CDs, books on tape, vinyl and other forms of media. All items remaining on Sunday are $1.

All proceeds benefit the San Francisco Public Library’s education programs that promote literacy for children, teens and adults. 

Order your book sale swag today!

You can still support the sale by purchasing 50th Anniversary Big Book Sale commemorative items, such as tees, totes and tumblers! Visit our online merchandise store at CafePress 

Did you love the poster? Pick up your print today in our Readers Bookstores or contact Katherine Jardine for shipping possibilities at or (415) 626-7512 x100

50th Big Book Sale artwork designed by Wayne Shellabarger.

Thank you again for shopping, and see you in April for our 5th Annual Spring Book Sale!

2014 50th Big Book sale Hours

Tues. Sept. 23 4-8 PM Member Preview Sale & Reception
Wed. Sept. 24 10 AM-6 PM
Thurs. Sept. 25 10 AM-6 PM
Fri. Sept. 26 10 AM-6 PM
Sat. Sept. 27 10 AM-6 PM
Sun. Sept. 28 10 AM-6 PM


Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion

Member Preview Sale & Reception

Held on Tuesday, September 23, 4-8 p.m.
Friends Members (at any level) were invited for a first look at over 500,000 books and media during the Preview Sale & Reception.  For more information or to become a Member,  call (415) 626-7500

Daily clues

Once again, Friends teamed with the most iconic arts organizations, businesses and restaurants San Francisco has to offer to provide prizes to those lucky enough to find them. Every day of the sale, Friends will sent out clues via  Twitter and Facebook hinting at where shoppers might find amazing prizes hidden amongst the thousands of books at Fort Mason.

To find the clues, simply check out the Friends Twitterand Facebook pages during the sale. The first to find the correct hiding place of the gifts is a winner!

Prizes  included:

Tickets to the San Francisco Symphony , Ballet and Opera      
Dinner for 2 with priority reservations at State Bird Provisions
$100 gift certificate to Delfina                          
$100 gift certificate to Nopa 
$150 gift certificate to The Slanted Door
SF Jazz tickets            

Tickets to The Castro and Roxie Theatre
..... and much, much MORE!

Corporate Engagement and Sponsorship

Looking for a great way to engage employees in valuable volunteer opportunities?  Want to let over 15,000 people know that you or your business supports the San Francisco Public Library? Get involved with Friends!  There are many different levels of sponsorship and engagement at our sales.  Please contact our Executive Director Scott Staub at or 415-626-7512 x118 for more details.

Check out pictures from the sale on our Flickr!