Book Sale Information

Book Donations

What Makes a Good Donation

Please keep in mind this rule of thumb when deciding what to donate – “If you wouldn’t buy the book yourself, please don’t donate it.”

  • Cover in good condition
  • Pages are white – not yellowed or visibly aged
  • The book topic is current and has a big audience of potential readers

Donations We Do Not Accept

Please do not donate the items listed below. They don’t sell well and the Friends incur costs to recycle leftover materials. This decreases the money that the Friends can donate to the library for special programs.

  • Books that show signs of aging, heavy use or mold or are water damaged or missing pages
  • Books with pages marked up or highlighted
  • VHS, vinyl records, cassette tapes
  • Magazines or pamphlets
  • Encyclopedias and reference books such as dictionaries, thesaurus, and foreign language translations
  • Books on childcare, parenting, and computers
  • Books on topics in the areas of business, travel, cooking, gardening, home care and decorating that are more than 10 years old
  • Textbooks
  • Bibles

More Donation Information

  • If you have items that we do not accept, please recycle them on your own.
  • Please limit your donation to 1 box or less per donation.
  • All book donations are tax-deductible. For your tax purposes, we offer a Donation Form that you can complete yourself.

Summer Book Sale 2021

Book sale outside with Friends volunteers under a tent
Books for sale on a long table under a tent outside with people browsing

Future Book Sales

Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

We do offer a year-round book sale in the main library. There are books for all ages and the shelves are restocked often. The children’s book sale cart is located next to the entrance of the Children’s Room. Payment is accepted at the circulation desk.

The Children’s Festival and Book Sale have not been rescheduled.

Upcoming Events

Ongoing Book Sale

We offer a variety of books and media for sale year-round. Prices are listed at the sale display located across from Reference. Items are refreshed regularly. Stay tuned for announcements regarding upcoming themed collections we’ll be offering. Subscribe to receive email notifications about special sales and other events.

Featured Collection

Each month we will feature books on a special topic. These books are available in the “Book House” display located at the front entrance of the library. Shelves are restocked often while supplies last.

January: Health
February: Romance
March: Gardening

Volunteer Information

The success of our book sales results from ongoing, yearlong efforts of many committed volunteers. Please contact us if you are interested in doing book sorting (year-round), pre-sale preparation or day-of-sales support. You can leave your name and contact information at the Circulation Desk at the library or email foegcl@gmail.com

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Library Card RegistrationFree to any individual who resides or pays taxes in the East Greenbush Community Library taxing district or Town of Schodack. Cards expire and must be renewed every three years.

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Free to partner educational agencies with verified employment. Cards expire and must be renewed yearly.

Those that live outside the UHLS area may purchase a temporary card at the price established by our Table of Fines and Fees. Cards expire and must be renewed yearly.

All ages eligible. Youth under age 16 must have their application completed and signed by a parent or guardian, who provides acceptable identification for them.

Card blocked at $5 or more in replacement costs or fines/fees

Fines vary according to individual library rules and UHLS resource sharing rules. The EGRN Table of Fines and Fees are applicable for items which are checked out from the East Greenbush Community Library

Free to residents residing in a community served by a UHLS library.

All ages eligible. Youth under age 16 must have their application completed and signed by a parent or guardian, who provides acceptable identification for them.

UHLS library cards expire and must be renewed every three years.

Card blocked at $5 or more in replacement costs or fines/fees

Fines vary according to individual library rules and UHLS resource sharing rules. The EGRN Table of Fines and Fees are applicable for items which are checked out from the East Greenbush Community Library

The UHLS MyCard is a fine-free, limited-access library card for youth. It is intended to address multiple barriers to serving youth and families, including:

  • Barriers to access related to fines (e.g. computer access, checking out materials)
  • Parents not present for a child’s library card registration
  • Previous fines on a child’s card

Free for youth residing in a community served by a UHLS library.Applicants 18 and under who are applying for a limited use, UHLS Youth Only MyCard, need to provide name, address, and date of birth.UHLS library cards expire and must be renewed every three years.Youth ages birth to 18 can register unaccompanied, or with the help of a caregiver or relative who is not the child’s parent/guardian.This card may be used at all UHLS Libraries except for the Colonie Town Library.

Card blocked at $10 or more in replacement costs.

No fines for late items

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