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Annual Library Book Sale 2016

More than 100,000 books and periodicals for $3 or less

Open to the public
from Saturday, April 30th to Sunday, May 8th, 2016
from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

This year, our Annual Book Sale will be held at:
Aréna Etienne-Desmarteau
3430 Bellechasse Street

(two blocks east of St. Michel Blvd.)

The bulk of the books and magazines on sale come from Montréal public libraries. Most documents on sale are in French, but we usually showcase between 12,000 and 15,000 English books. We may also have foreign language books, and a few audio tapes, CDs, CD-ROMs, and DVDs.

Everyday of the sale week, we will add thousands of new documents on the arena’s tables, to replace the ones that have been sold.

ABM : Affiche du solde de livres 2016

Book Sale poster 2016 (french)


The sale’s objectives are to extend the useful life of these books, help spread the joy of reading, and allow Montréal citizens to develop their personal libraries, at a minimum price. Amounts collected at this sale will be reinvested in the funding of animated activities in Montréal public libraries.


Documents sold at a very low price:

  • $3.00: Encyclopedias, dictionaries and coffee table books.
  • $2.00: Comic books and graphic novels.
  • $1.00: Adult’s books, and if applicable, CDs, CD-ROMs, and DVDs.
  • $0.50: Children’s books, journals, magazines and audio tapes.

Please note that we reserve the right to limit quantities a person can buy of certain documents.

Also note that the sale is not intended for booksellers or other resellers.


The book sale is made possible, thanks to the efforts of more than one hundred volunteers, of which the majority are members of the "Amis de la Bibliothèque de Montréal". Incidentally, we need new volunteers for this year’s sale. So, if you are interested, please contact us at: 514 872-9228, or at [email protected].

"Amis de la Bibliothèque de Montréal" Evening:

As usual, we will be holding the, "Amis de la Bibliothèque de Montréal Evening" the day preceding the sale, on Friday, April 29th from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This special evening linked to the book sale is reserved to members in good standing of the "Amis de la Bibliothèque de Montréal", who will need to show their membership card at the door.

Donation Day:

Always aiming at making these books available to as many people as possible, on the day following the sale, we will invite many non-profit associations and community groups to come and choose, among the unsold books, the ones that interest them for their library, and we will give them for free.

After the non-profit associations and the community groups have chosen their books, the remainder are given to Renaissance, an organization which helps people find employment by providing them with training in their network of ten(10) Fripe-Prix retail stores in and around Montréal. Also, Renaissance owns six(6) bookstores specializing in used books. Renaissance is a non-profit organization which was created in 1994 by the directors of the Moisson Montréal food bank.

Finally, anything remaining after these donations will be given to the Fondation des parlementaires – Cultures à partager, an organization mainly focused on distributing books to developing countries (mainly in francophone Africa and Haiti). This foundation also recycles the paper coming from those books that cannot be distributed or used otherwise.

Help us!

You can also help us advertise our sale by distributing our bookmarks!

And, if you can, go the extra mile for the environment, and bring your own bags!