Revenue from annual book sales



Who are the Friends of the Guelph Public Library?

We are an arms-length group of community volunteers who believe that the Guelph Public Library is a necessary & vital community institution.

We support the goals of the Library.

We volunteer to make a great library even better.

We promote the Library in the community through special programs, fundraising, and advocacy.

Our main fundraiser is our annual GIANT book sale.

To date the sale has raised nearly $900,000 to assist the library with current programming and to be available for use when a new main library is re-built

Please help us locate a space for our book sale

If suitable space can be located, the Friends of the Guelph Public Library hopes to resume its hugely popular GIANT book sale later this year.

The important word in that sentence is “If“. The search is underway for a new location because the old home of the sale is no longer available.

The book sale can only be held this year if a new location can be found.

Here is what is needed:

 — minimum 20,000 sq. ft.

 — good lighting throughout

 — washroom facilities

 — a loading area suitable for trucks

 — the new space needs to be secured by June 1, 2022

If you know of a space that might fit the bill, the Chair of the Friends of the Guelph Public Library, Virginia Gillham at would love to hear from you!


Donations for the Book Sale

Until a site for the annual book sale has been located the we are unable to accept your donations.

—  Book Sale Sorting Coordinator, Sandi Wilkes says:

“Thank you so much for thinking of Friends of the Guelph Public Library in looking for a home for your book donations. We hate to lose out on the opportunity to receive these contributions. Unfortunately, we do not have any provision for storing books for a future sale and, as you can appreciate, right now we do not even know when that might be. Our only suggestions are Salvation Army or Goodwill. We sincerely appreciate your asking and wish you the best of luck in finding a new home for your donation if you need to dispose of it now.”