One reader’s loss is another reader’s gain: Used Book Sale

One reader’s loss is another reader’s gain: Used Book Sale

Leah Boynton


When you walk into the Wardman Library, you are enveloped by words and the spines of old books frequently cracked open for exploration. Next week, Whittier College students, staff, and faculty have the chance to take home a piece of the Bonnie Bell Wardman Library at the 13th Semi-Annual Used Book Sale. This year marks the 7th year of the sale. 

The sale will run Nov. 14 —16 from 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. each day, and will feature all donated books. “Initially, we sold books that were weeded from the collection. We didn’t need them anymore or they were damaged,” said Interim Director and Collections Management Librarian Mike Garabedian. “But those book aren’t super desirable because they’re ex-library books. So now we ask for donations from the community, so there are a lot of books faculty members have donated to us.”

In addition to books from faculty, some books have been donated by members of the local community. Books that arrive on the tables for sale  either don’t belong in the library collection or books that the library already has copies of. 

The Used Book Sale also features a silent auction that will run until 11:30 p.m. on Thursday. There will be some rare and unusual books up for auction, some of which are over 150 years old. According to Garabedian, there will be several books from the 19th century up for auction. Individuals will be able to write down their bid for items from the moment the sale opens on Tuesday until 11:30 p.m. on Thursday and they will have to check back in periodically to ensure that they are not outbid. 

Each book will be 50 cents; a large discount from the cost of many scholarly items that will be found at the sale. This year’s sale will feature a lot of books on literary criticism, sociology, and child development. 

“There’s this notion that students aren’t interested in physical books anymore, and time and again, we find that students are super interested in physical books,” said Garabedian. “The books that we offer are books that students find interesting for their entertainment value, but also … are related to the classes that they’re taking, or to the careers that they might be interested in, or to their major.” 

Check out the book sale for a great deal on some awesome books, as well as some unique items up for auction.