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Book Sales

We have thousands of books for sale at great prices. The books are organized by category to make browsing easy and fun. The book sales are run by volunteers, and every penny generated by the sale goes to the Portage District Library. We depend on YOUR generous and welcome donations for the books we sell.

The Friend’s book sales are held six times a year (February, April, June, August, October and December) at the Portage District Library, in the lower level meeting rooms. Check our Events Calendar for specific dates and times or the Friends of the Library website. If you are a member of the Friends of the Portage District Library, you are also eligible to attend an “early bird” sale on the afternoon before the main book sales, from 4 to 5:30 pm.

Donation Guidelines

What type of donations are accepted?

  • Fiction and Non-fiction Books
  • Children’s Books
  • CD’s
  • Games
  • Puzzles
  • Records
  • Tapes
  • Videos

What donations cannot be accepted?

  • Any books that are moldy, falling apart or do not have covers
  • Magazines
  • Reader’s Digest Condensed Books
  • Textbooks

When can I make a donation?

Donations can be made any time the Library is open, except for the week of a book sale. If you have large quantities to donate, please call in advance of drop-off. Carts are available from the Checkout Desk to make delivery of your donations easier.

Where do donations go?

The donations are given to the Friends of the Portage District Library for book sales. Proceeds from these sales enable the Friends to fund library projects and activities not covered by the Library’s operating budget. For example, the Friends of the Library have provided most of the funding to support the Annual Summer Reading Program for several years.

Are donations tax deductible?

YES. Contributions made to the Portage District Library or to the Friends of the Portage District Library are tax deductible. A receipt is available upon request. Just ask for one at the Checkout Desk. If an itemized list of your donation (s) is required for tax purposes, please prepare the list before bringing your donation to the library.

Miss the sale?

There is a continuous sale area adjacent to the Checkout Desk. Only hard cover, adult books are sold at this location. These books cost $1.00 each and can be paid for at the Checkout Desk.

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