Thank you for making our 53rd Annual Big Book Sale at Fort Mason a success. We do not have dates for the Big Book Sale in 2018, but keep checking back or feel free to subscribe to our mailing list for the latest updates on Friends' sales, events and more!
Featuring over 500,000 books & media in over 70 categories for only $3 or less.

The Largest Used Book Sale on the West Coast!

The 53rd Annual Big Book Sale will be held at the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion from September 20th – 24th, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with our Preview Sale for members on the September 19th from 4-8 p.m. This year’s Big Book Sale will have twice the number of books in Ancient History, Architecture, Art, California & the West, Graphic Novels, Mathematics, Mythology, Nature, Philosophy, Photography, Science, Science Fiction and World History—more than 70 categories in all. There will also be twice as many Audio Books, CDs, DVDs and Vinyl. You never know what you'll find!

All items will be $3 or less, with everything dropping down to $1 on the last day of the sale, Sunday, September 24th.

Become a member of Friends and attend our Member's Preview Sale on September 19th, from 4-8 p.m. You'll get a first look at everything we have for sale and enjoy an enchanting reception. For more information on becoming a member, click here.

We ALWAYS need more volunteers for our Big Book Sale. You'll have fun, support your Library, and earn free books for your time! Click here to learn more about volunteering.

Want to learn more about Friends' book sales?


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.

Click the image below to get a downloadable copy of this year's map.

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! 



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.