Readers, clear those bookshelves.

The annual Friends of the Lancaster Public Library's annual big book sale will be held Monday through Wednesday, May 23 through 25. This year’s sale will have more than 250,000 books and nearly 4,000 records.

The sale will offer used books, vinyl records, sheet music, audio books, CDs and DVDs. The sale attracts readers and thrifty book hunters from outside Pennsylvania, some of whom camp out the night before at Franklin & Marshall College’s Alumni Center, 931 Harrisburg Pike. All proceeds fund the library and its three locations in Lancaster, Mountville and Leola.

The Friends of Lancaster Public Library’s first big book sale in 1956 raised $154, according to the library. Now the group raises more than $200,000 from several book sales and two bookstores: the Marshall Street Book Shop, 225 N. Marshall St., and Juliana Bookstore on the first floor of Lancaster Public Library, 125 N. Duke St.

More than 100 volunteers will spend the weekend loading the books and more into tractor-trailers donated by Armstrong Relocation. Then they’ll arrange everything on tables in the alumni center under the direction of sale co-chairs Pat Ditzler and Mary Armstrong. Ditzler has actually written the book on library sales, “A Book Sale How-To Guide: More Money, Less Stress,” published in 2012.

The book sale starts next Monday at 7 a.m. and will be open until 8 p.m.

The sale runs from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 25.

Except on the special-price tables, most paperbacks will be 50 cents. Hardback books are $2, and children’s hardbacks are $1.

Wednesday is half-price day.

Here's one person's record haul from last year:


Found some great stuff at the Lancaster library book sale! #recordsorvinyl #lancasterlibrarybooksale #awesomefinds

A photo posted by Mary Wallick (@immwallick) on May 18, 2015 at 3:18pm PDT

What's your favorite find from this sale? Share your favorite in the comments.

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