Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale

When the Lafayette Public Library's main branch downtown reopened last July, I wrote about some of my childhood memories in a feature blog post. In addition to the old school checkout machines, the actual card catalog, the pockets inside each book's cover, and the sunken area in the children's section, I've got many great memories of accompanying my parents to the annual Friends of the Library book sale.

My parents were always avid readers, so we would occasionally drop off a donation box at the library, where it would go into storage for sorting, and the books would end up as part of the Friends of the Library book sale.

When the sale nights came around, back when it was at the library in the conference room, we would head over early to get the best pickins, of course, and I would spend so much time poring through the young adult sections for a missing Sweet Valley installment or anything else that had an interesting cover (similar to how I pick wine at the grocery store as an adult). Whenever we were finished looking, it was time to head to the cashier and see how tall our stack actually was. I believe back then, it was $.50 per inch for paperback and $1.00 per inch for hardcover.

Back to 2016, the book sale is coming up this week, starting with a special night for Friends of the Library members on Wednesday, then it's open to the general public for three days. If you're a teacher, bring a valid ID and get half off your book purchases!


Friends of the Library Members Night: Wednesday, September 14 6 – 8 p.m.
(If you aren't yet a member, you may purchase a membership at the door.)

Public Sale: Thursday, September 15 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday, September 16 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, September 17 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Heymann Convention Center Ballroom, 1373 S. College Road


  • Books are priced by the inch. 
    • Paperbacks are $.50 per inch. 
    • Hardbacks are $1.00 per inch. 
    • Some special books will be priced slightly higher. 
  • Teachers with a valid ID receive half off these prices. 
  • Cash and checks accepted, but NO debit or credit cards.
  • Stop by the South Regional Library at 6101 Johnston St. between now and September 30 for the Friends’ silent auction.
  • Don't forget to bring your cloth bags or a cardboard box to haul all your new treasures home!

The Friends of the Lafayette Public Library book sale is a great, eco-friendly fundraiser. You can support the library by donating your old books and passing them on to new readers; and you can find great used books for super inexpensive prices. All of the money raised provides supplemental funding to the Lafayette Public Library system and helps pay for projects not covered by the library’s regular budget.

Visit the Friends of the Library Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.


The Friends of the Library have a warehouse on Refinery Street, near the United Way of Acadiana office and warehouse, the Second Harvest Food Bank warehouse, and the former Habitat for Humanity ReStore. There's a collection bin outside where you can drop books (but don't let them get wet!). And a note, they are not accepting any donations during the month of September, due to the book sale.

211 E Pinhook Rd
Lafayette, LA 70503
(337) 501-9209
Open Monday-Friday 8:00AM - 5:00PM

Happy book shopping!

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