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Save The Date!

The 51st Annual Fall Big Book Sale is being held September 16 - 20, 2015 in the Herbst Pavilion in Fort Mason Center. 

Member Preview Sale & Reception will be held Tuesday, September 15th from 4 - 8 PM.

What's a Big Book Sale like? Check out Buzzfeed's 2015 article about our last Big Book Sale, and see for yourself!

Both our Fall and Spring Big Book Sales feature 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‚Äôs education programs that promote literacy for children, teens and adults. 

Order your book sale swag today!

Purchase your 50th Anniversary Big Book Sale commemorative items today! We're selling tees, totes, tumblers and more on our online merchandise store CafePress 

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

Poster arwork designed by Wayne Shellabarger.

2015 51st Big Book sale Hours

Tues. Sept. 15 4-8 PM Member Preview Sale & Reception
Wed. Sept. 16 10 AM-6 PM
Thurs. Sept. 170 AM-6 PM
Fri. Sept. 18 10 AM-6 PM
Sat. Sept. 19 10 AM-6 PM
Sun. Sept. 20 10 AM-6 PM


NEW THIS YEAR! We'll be holding the fall Big Book Sale in the beautifully renovated Herbst Pavilion at Fort Mason Center.

Member Preview Sale & Reception

Held on Tuesday, September 15, 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

Friends will team 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 send out clues via Twitter and Facebook hinting at where shoppers might find amazing prizes hidden among the thousands of books at Fort Mason.

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

Last sale's 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!