AAUW Used Book Sale

When: May 13 - 16, 2017  

Where: Ag Arena, Penn State Campus 

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The State College AAUW Used Book Sale, held at the Ag Arena on Penn State Campus, is one of the largest on the East Coast, attracting dealers and private patrons from as far away as Maine, Georgia, Iowa, Maryland, New York and Ohio. Last year, over 8,000 people took advantage of the bargains offered during the 4-day sale.

The reason for the sale’s popularity? Most importantly, books are priced to sell. In addition, they are culled throughout the year by volunteers who discard damaged, highlighted and out-of-date books, making this one of the “cleanest” sales around. Also, for our patrons’ convenience, books are sorted into more than 30 categories and are displayed on more than 250 tables with all titles available from the beginning of the sale. Children's, science, and hardbound fiction books are perennial best sellers.

Throughout the year, books are donated by individuals and organizations from all around Centre County. Volunteers cull, sort, price and pack the books, and more than 250 volunteers transport the books from our Donation Center to the Ag Arena and set them up for the sale.

Schedule of Days

Day 1 &2: Regular Price Days

Day 3: Half-Price Day

Day 4: Bag Day (fill up a bag for a flat rate price)

Following the mission of AAUW, which is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research, we give grants for specific projects to other non-profit organizations that support these same tenets:

  • To assist courageous young women returning to finish a degree after their schooling was interrupted, the Simmons-Jansma Project Renew Grant was established for Centre County residents. Its name honors two former Branch presidents.
  • To honor a former book sale leader and Branch president, the Suzanne McCrae Kerlin Scholarship subsequently has been established.

Proceeds from the sale also are used to support the national AAUW, State College Branch STEM programs, and branch operations. For more information click here.

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