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50th Annual Big Book Sale

September 24-28, 2014

10 AM-6 PM

Held at Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion, the 50th Annual Big Book Sale will 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’s education programs that promote literacy for children, teens and adults. 


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

Tuesday, September 23, 4-8 p.m.
Friends Members (at any level) are invited for a first look at over 500,000 books and media during the Preview Sale & Reception. Just show your current Member card or bring your ticket to the event.  For more information or to become a Member,  call (415) 626-7500

Daily clues

Friends has 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 send 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 can include:

Tickets to the San Francisco Symphony , Ballet and Opera      
VIP passes to the deYoung Museum
$100 gift certificate to Delfina                          
$100 gift certificate to Nopa Restaurant
$50 gift certificate at Bi-Rite Market                
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!