Books For Sale

Dallas Public Library holds biggest sale in decades

Dallas Public Library holds biggest sale in decades

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There's a book sale at J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas on January 28-29. Photo courtesy of Oxford

Here's a sale you don't see too often: The Dallas Public Library is holding its biggest sale in decades, at the end of January. We're talking thousands of books, CDs, DVDs, and vinyl albums, sold at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas, at bargain prices on January 28-29. Half Price Books might as well take the weekend off.

The sale is being organized by the Friends of the Dallas Public Library (FODPL), with all proceeds benefiting the 29-branch library system and its programs.

This is a change from the previous 30 years, when the library would sell off surplus items at its BookEnds store at the downtown library. But that store closed last summer when the city's Office of Vital Statistics took over the space.

FODPL executive director Kate Park says that cleared the way for the organization to hold two big crazy frenzied sales each year, one in January and one during the summer. "It will be a great event for book lovers and treasure hunters," she says in a release.

The public sale will run from 10 am-5 pm on January 28, and 1-5 pm on January 29. But FODPL members get first dibs on January 27, from 6:30-8:30 pm.

FODPL is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that advocates for the Dallas Public Library and supports its programs. Annual memberships, which begin at $25 and are tax deductible, are available at or you can join at the pre-sale event on January 27.