Library book sale starts tomorrow

Stacking up . . . Library services manager Bernie Hawke adds some books to the pile of more than 20,000 which will be sold at Dunedin City Library's annual book sale tomorrow, Saturday and Saturday. PHOTO: JOHN LEWIS

It is the best of times, it is the worst of times.

There’s nothing quite like finishing a great book, and then finding you don’t have another one to read.

But the Dunedin City Library has a solution.

It is giving avid readers a chance to buy quality books for just a few dollars at the Dunedin City Library’s annual book sale, which starts tomorrow.

The popular event draws large crowds, and people have been known to queue all the way down Moray Pl to get in.

Library services manager Bernie Hawke said more than 20,000 books had been pulled from the library collection over the past year.

“Many are duplicates while others are no longer in high demand from borrowers, but they are all in good condition.”

He said there was a predominance of adult non-fiction, including multi-volume sets and New Zealand titles, along with some adult fiction, children’s fiction, non-fiction and audiovisual materials, young adult fiction, magazines and adult talking books.

The libraries were now plastic bag free, so people were being asked to bring their own bags or buy a reusable library bag for $2.50.

He said the sale would be held in the library basement from tomorrow until Sunday, and would operate during library opening hours, from 9.30am to 8pm on Friday, and from 11am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.