Library Book Sale — Bag It!

As of Wednesday 7 November, we have two book sale options:

  • You can buy a bag at the Information Desk for $5.00 and fill it with as many books as you want.
  • Prices for individual hardbacks are now $1.00 and paperbacks are $0.50 each.


Students, parents, and other members of the University community are invited to expand personal libraries at the annual Washington and Lee University Library book sale during Parents’ and Family Weekend on the Leyburn Library Main Floor.

This year’s sale will begin officially on Thursday 1 November at 7:00 PM and will be preceded by an exclusive Friends of the Library members preview beginning at 4:00 PM.

Hardbacks are $5 each, with paperbacks and DVD’s , VHS tapes, etc. priced at $1 each.
The book sale will run through Tuesday 6 November, or until all the books are gone.  In addition to the usual stock, this year we have a nice selection of art, history, and literature titles.

If you have questions, please contact Elizabeth Teaff.



Book Sale Policies
We will accept cash, check, W&L General debit or charge. Sorry we cannot accept credit/debit cards (an ATM is available in the Elrod Commons).

We cannot hold unpaid materials for you. Items must be purchased or returned to the sale.

You are responsible for totaling the amount of your purchases. Come to the Information Desk to make your purchase.

Where does the University Library come up with books for the book sale?
The library receives many wonderful donations from members of the university community, as well as from alums and others. Donations are given to us with the understanding that the librarians and faculty will decide the best use of the donation. Based on our curricular and research needs, the donations often allow us to expand our library collection with titles included in the donation. In addition, if we already own a title and our library copy looks heavily used, we can replace it with the gift copy. Sometimes the subject material, condition of the book, or date of publication (ex. dated Science titles) will prevent us from adding a gift book to the collection. These titles can still see second life in the book sale. We periodically weed dated titles that we own from our collection and add them to the book sale. This year, we also have lots of titles that were weeded because we had duplicate copies of the titles in the collection. By leaving one copy in the collection and removing the other copy to add to the book sale, we can free up shelf space and generate income for new library materials.

What does the library do with income from the book sale?

Any income generated by the book sale goes towards the purchase of new library materials for the university community. With last year’s book sale money, we purchased the following resources:

Encyclopedia of Adolescence  (ebook)

Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film  (ebook)

Exit Polls: Surveying the American Electorate, 1972-2010 (ebook)

Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics (ebook)


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