Save The Date! September 16 - 20, 2015

Location: Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center
10 AM - 6 PM

Member Preview Sale & Reception: Tuesday, September 15th

What's a Big Book Sale like? Check out Buzzfeed's article and see for yourself!

Our Big Book Sales feature over 500,000 books, DVDs, CDs, books on tape, vinyl and other forms of media in over 100 categories. We typically see over 13,000 shoppers come through our doors during the five day sale!

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 promoting literacy for children, teens and adults. A Big Book Sale typically brings in over $200,000 - help us raise even more this year to support the San Francisco Public Library!

Volunteer for FREE Books! It takes a village to raise a Big Book Sale (almost 2,000 volunteers to be exact!)  and we need YOUR help. Register today to participate in the largest used book sale on the west coast!

Big Book Sale Merch!

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 prints in our Readers Bookstores or contact Katherine Jardine for shipping possibilities at or (415) 626-7512 x100

Poster arwork designed by Wayne Shellabarger.

Big Book sale Hours

Tues. Sept. 15 4-8 PM Member Preview Sale & Reception
Wed. Sept. 16 10 AM-6 PM
Thurs. Sept. 1710 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

Tuesday, September 15, 4-8 PM
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 Development Manager Laurie Berk at or (415) 477-5227 for more details.

Check out pictures from the sale on our Flickr