Book Sales

We conduct a book sale every Saturday 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in the Chico Library meeting room. On holiday weekends, when the library is closed, the book sale is postponed.

There is a special benefit for CFOL members: Every first Friday of the month, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., a preview sale is held for members only.

The book sale is our main source of income. Every book you buy is a direct contribution to the library. All the books are donated and the sale is run by volunteers, so the overhead is virtually zero.

Volunteers Needed

We need people to help put the books away on Saturday mornings, after the regular book sale at 11:30 a.m. It only takes a few minutes! Contact Helen Sutton 345-9662 to volunteer. You will be lifting boxes weighing roughly 15 pounds.

What can I donate to the book sale, and how do I do it?

Bring your clean, dry books to the Chico Library. You can also donate current magazines (3 months old or newer), audio books, or movies (DVDs). Please don’t bring us items in poor condition (torn, dirty, mildewed, stained, paperbacks without covers, etc.). Also, we do not need encyclopedias, older textbooks, cassettes or VCR tapes. All donations to CFOL are tax deductable, so ask for a tax receipt.

If CFOL doesn’t want my books, where else can I donate them?

The Salvation Army (7th St. between Salem and Broadway, Chico, 530-342-2087)
The Arc of Butte County (2020 Park Ave, Chico, 530-343-3666)
CSU Associated Students (417 Cherry St, Chico)
Waste Management (your curbside recycling bin)

What’s new?

The dedicated book sale volunteers have started putting popular authors’ books in the back room, sorted by author’s last name. We still get new-to-us books every day, so be sure and come browse.

The book sale has adult fiction both popular and classic, history books, cookbooks, gardening, crafts, children’s books, DVDs, CDs, a few VCR movies, and magazines. Some books are library books that have been withdrawn from circulation; however, most of the books are donated by library supporters


Consider supporting us with an online donation, or mail a check to Chico Friends of the Library, PO Box 6952, Chico CA 95927.