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Need Your Next Read? Dallas Public Library's Selling 40,000 Books In Summer Clearance


Friends of the Dallas Public Library, a nonprofit organization that advocates for and supports the library, is hosting a summer book sale this weekend at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library downtown.

About 40,000 print and audio books, CDs and DVDs will be for sale, and all proceeds benefit the 29 branches of the city's library system.

The Dallas Public Library used to sell its surplus items at its BookEnds store at the downtown branch, but after 30 years, the store closed last summer when the city’s Office of Vital Statistics took over the space.

Now, the abundance of books and media is sold to the public twice a year. The first sale was in January.  

The upcoming sale will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Cash, checks, credit and debit cards will be accepted. Boxes and bags will be provided for transporting your literary loot.

Friends members will have early access to the lot from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 11. Memberships start at $25 and are available at