St. Mike’s Annual Book Sale

Every fall, the Friends of the Kelly Library hosts its annual book sale at the John M. Kelly Library, located on the St. Michael’s College campus. Proceeds from this sale are dedicated to preserving and enhancing the library’s collections and to contributing to the improvement of the library’s physical space, furnishings and technological equipment, for all those who study and work at the University of St. Michael’s College, now, and in the future. The Friends’ annual book sale contains hundreds of impressive gently used materials. The funds raised through this sale ensure that the John M. Kelly Library can continue to be the centre of academic life on the St. Michael’s College campus.

The sale includes a collection of special and general materials divided into academic and popular categories.

2024 Book Sale Details

The 2024 sale will take place from Wednesday, September 25th until Saturday, September 28th in the Kelly Cafe, located on the ground floor of the library.

From Wednesday to Friday the sale will be open from 10 am until 8 pm and on Saturday from 10 am until 1 pm. On Wednesday, there is a $5 admission fee (students free with ID). Admission is free all other days of the sale.

John M. Kelly Library, 113 St. Joseph Street, Toronto

Donations

We will be accepting donated books, DVDs, and CDs until July 31st, 2024.

Drop offs can be made to the front desk of the Kelly library during library hours

The front desk can receive up to 8 boxes. If the donation is more than 8 boxes, they can be dropped off at the loading dock behind the Kelly Library  by appointment between the hours of 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. To arrange this, please contact Neill Edmondstone at neill.edmondstone@utoronto.ca

If the books need to be picked up, we will need to arrange a driver in your area. Please advise us of  your location and your telephone number at kelly.friends@utoronto.ca. Pickup will depend on the availability of a driver. We cannot guarantee pickup.

Please email kelly.friends@utoronto.ca if you have any further questions

Please do not leave boxes outside, or in any other part of the College, as they will not be secure.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept the following items:

  • Dusty, musty or moldy books or those with broken bindings or damaged covers. These can be recycled in your home recycling bin.
  • Magazines or journals
  • Textbooks more than five years old
  • Encyclopedias
  • Reader’s Digest condensed books
  • Time/Life series or other subscription series
  • VHS or cassette tapes.

Volunteers

If you are interested in volunteering for the book sale, we are very much interested in hearing from you! Please email us at kelly.friends@utoronto.ca. We regularly look for volunteers to help us sort books prior to the sale, to pick up book donations from local donors, and to assist with all aspects of the sale itself.