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Hyde Park Used Book Sale


2018 12th Annual Sale, Managed by HPKCC

2018 Hyde Park Used Book Sale coming up!
The 2018 Hyde Park Used Book Sale is scheduled for October 6-8, 2018. Donations will be accepted at Treasure Island through September 30 at Treasure Island lower level- look for the big box by the door. The Sale is in the Hyde Park Shopping Center Courtyard October 6-8 (Sat-Mon)- 6th and 7th 9 am-6 pm, 8th (box dn bag day) 9 am-2 pm. Watch for advertising and social media announcements, or revisit this page for specific information. HPKCC is deeply grateful to the management and staff of Treasure Island for their continuing and enthusiastic support of the sale.

If you have questions about this year's sale, please contact the co-chairs, Jane Ciacci and George Davis,,
You can receive a receipt for donations from the sorters or email Jane Ciacci. You can arrange for large book pickups from Jane Ciacci.


Chairs: Jane Ciacci and George Davis.

The annual Hyde Used Book Sale is held on Columbus Day weekend at the 55th and Lake Park Shopping Center. The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference assumed responsibility for the sale in 2007 in order to maintain this Hyde Park tradition (it was previously run for about 50 years by the Hyde Park Co-op staff and volunteers). HPKCC is fortunate to enjoy the sponsorship and support of Treasure Island Foods, which provides a room for sorting and a central collection point for books.

Hyde Park Used Book Sale FAQ

Where do the books come from?

All books are donated. Many people enjoy culling their bookshelves to donate, and restocking at the sale.

When and where can I donate my books?

Donations will be accepted from August 12-September 30, 2018 in the basement of Treasure Island. Look for the watermelon box, or take your books into the sorting room. Tax receipts for donations are available; ask the sorters, or email or call one of the co-chairs above.

Can I donate books at other times of year?

We are not set up to accept donations year-round, so please do not bring donations to Treasure Island at times other than the annual donation period.

How many books do you offer, and how much do they cost?

We typically offer 40,000-50,000 books, at prices ranging from 50 cents to $2.00. A small number of “special” books are priced higher.

So, can I just give you everything on my bookshelf?

We accept books, sheet music, and audiovisual media of all types. The only magazines we accept are National Geographic, Poetry Magazine, American Heritage, and crafting magazines. We do not accept any scholarly journals, and the only encyclopedia we accept is the 11th edition of Encyclopaedia Britannica. All donations must be in readable condition. Anything that does not meet these criteria will be recycled before the sale.

I can’t get my books over to Treasure Island, can you pick them up today before 4.00?

Limited pickup service, scheduled in advance, is available during the donation period. If there Is no other way to get your books to us, please call or email us, but don’t leave it to the last minute!

Who does the work?

The work is done largely by volunteers. We are always looking for new volunteers to sort books or work at the sale, call or email us.

What happens to the leftover books?

On the Monday of the sale, from 11.30 am-1.30 pm, non-profit organizations and Chicago Public School teachers are invited to take free books. Pre-registration is essential, call 773-419-1384 or email, by October 1, 2018, please. Books that are left at 2 pm on the last day are donated to the non-profit Discover Books.

Where does the money go?

The Used Book Sale is the major fundraising activity for HPKCC. The profits enable the Conference to support schools, parks and neighborhood activities. For example, in the past we have supported travel expenses for Le Cantante di Chicago, the Kenwood Academy Jazz Band, King College Prep spring 2018 trip to France, and the Bret Harte 8th grade trip to Washington, DC; and the Hyde Park Youth Symphony gala. We support programs of the Friends of Blackstone Library, and act as a sponsor of Hyde Park 4th on 53rd, the Ray School Walkathon, the Hyde Park Breast Cancer Walk, and the SECC Neighborhood Enhancement Grants.

Programs of the Conference

Book Sale Sorting Team


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