The Largest Used Book Sale on the West Coast!


Featuring over 500,000 books & media in over 70 categories for only $3 or less.

Thank you for attending our 52nd Annual Big Book Sale! We raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for learning & literacy at the San Francisco Public Library.

Our next Big Book Sale at Fort Mason is scheduled for September 20th – 24th, with our Preview Sale for members on the September 19th. We will not be holding a Spring Big Book Sale in 2017, but will be holding a series of smaller sales all year round at our Book Donation Center. You can find more information on those sales here

In the meantime, here's how you can become involved:


Hardcovers: $3 / Paperbacks: $2 / Children's Books: $1 / All Media: $1
We accept cash, checks and cards! Proceeds support the San Francisco Public Library.

All items are only $1 on the last day of the sale.

Membership Preview Sale & Reception

Held the evening before the sale goes public / 4 - 8 PM / Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion
Become a member of Friends and join us for a special sneak preview of the sale! Members get first access to all of the goods while enjoying wine and snacks. Become a member online, in our Readers Bookstores, or day-of at the will call table. Please call (415) 477-5231 for more information.

Volunteer for FREE Books!

Volunteers receive complimentary tickets to the Member Preview Sale & Reception, a first look at all of the items, and a $5 coupon for every shift. Please call (415) 626-7500 for more information.

Sponsor The Annual Big Book Sale

Want to gain great visibility for your company during the sale? Looking for ways to further support the Library? Become a Table Sponsor and we’ll put your name / logo on a table category of your choice! There are over 70 categories to choose from and over 10,000 shoppers coming through the doors during the 5 day event. Become a sponsor today! 



Thank you to our 52nd Annual Big Book Sale Media Sponsors

Big Book Sale Photos

The Fine Print
Payment: Cash, cards & checks are accepted.
Pets: Dogs are welcome as long as they are on a leash and under your control at all times.
Parking: The Fort Mason parking lot is metered; free parking on surrounding streets.
Purchases: Items are not held overnight. There are no returns. Scanners are accepted.
Bags: Paper bags provided, boxes sold for $1. We encourage shoppers to bring their own bags. 

Click here for google map instructions on how to get to Fort Mason Center.

Big Book Sale questions? Email us at or call (415) 626-7500.