Sale Hours

Early Bird Friday 1pm-4pm$10
(children under 14 free if accompanied by an adult).
Closed Friday 4pm-6pm

Free Admission *
*  Friday 6pm-9pm
*  Saturday 10am-4pm
*  Loonie Sunday 10am-4pm

Collector’s Item!

For the extremely reasonable sum of $3.00 you can have this lovely one-of-a-kind Friends of the Guelph Public Library cloth tote bag. Look for the bright green bags at the sale. Someone there will be happy to sell you one – while they last!

A free book for every child…

The book sale has once again received a generous donation from our anonymous donor, to allow us to give a free children’s book to every child, accompanied by a parent, who visits the sale. We are very grateful for this repeated kindness and generosity.

Donations are needed now, please!

Donations for this year’s sale will be gratefully accepted again from Aug. 8 – Oct. 10, 2017.

Your clean, gently used, boxed items can be dropped off at the sale site, 69 Huron St., every day from Mon. to Sat. from 2-5pm.

Note: Donations may not be made on Sundays or Holiday Mondays.

You may also drop off your donations at any branch of the Guelph Public Library during their business hours from Aug. 8 to Oct 10.

To learn more about what kind of donations are needed please click here.

Book Sale Volunteers Ben and Norma…

Long time sale volunteers Ben & Norma have just emptied their car of book sale donations — 20 boxes collected from Bullfrog Mall Library. Thanks, Ben & Norma. And thanks to all of our great volunteers!

Would you like to help, too? Click here to go to our Volunteer Page where you can sign up to deliver posters & bookmarks around town, sort incoming donations, work on the sale weekend, and help us keep the sale site ship-shape.

Guelph Reads! And the 2017 winner is…

Well, it was a pretty even match, and the audience reacted just about equally enthusiastically to Jenn Haines’ choice, Jeff Lemire’s graphic novel, The Underwater Welder and Sara Sayyed’s selection, Alexis Andre’s The Hidden Keys.

A huge thanks goes to all of the panelists – Jenn, Sara, Marty Williams and Butch Carter (who was not able to attend at the last moment), for their spirited promotion of the books they selected. Thanks, too, to Marva Wisdom for another great outing as the evening’s moderator, and to Alan Pickersgill for organizing the event again this year.

So…Guelph. How about you read all of them!

Andre Alexis – The Hidden Keys

Martyn Burke – Music for Love or War

Jeff Lemire – The Underwater Welder (graphic novel)

Eric Walters – Walking Home


The 2017 Book Sale is ON!

We are delighted to announce that the 2017 Book Sale will take place at the same site used last year for this event. The sale will occur the weekend of October 20-22, 2017 at 69 Huron St. Donations will be received beginning in early August. We are, once again, extremely grateful to the Wood family for their generosity and support.

For more about the annual book sale please click here.

Lend us your brains!

We need your imagination. Help us to develop new and innovative projects, programs and services that would support our Guelph Public Library.

We are having a brainstorming session on Thursday, May 25th, for one hour beginning at 4:30pm in the program room on the second floor of the Main Library, 100 Norfolk St.

No special experience or knowledge is required. We will provide you with a 1-page backgrounder to help you think about future projects. You will also get a list of potential projects that you can rate for us.

If you have questions about this invitation or would like to participate please rsvp to: or phone/text 519-821-2793. Please leave your name and contact information. Beyond this brainstorming session, no further involvement will be asked of you unless you want it. For now we just want your thoughts and ideas.

The Friends of the Guelph Public Library is continually looking for potential projects to develop. We currently list the following as programs delivered by our members:

  • giant used booksale (over $500,000 raised so far in support of the GPL)
  • made the lead gift of $10,000 to establish the Library’s endowment fund.
  • supported the cost of two pieces of library-related art.
  • funded the purchase of the new cell phone charging unit in the main library.
  • supported the cost of the internal fittings for the new bookmobile.
  • agreed to fund a program to provide library packages including board books for each of the more than 1,600 babies born in Guelph every year.

No potential project idea is too small or large. Projects may be programs that we independently run or events that we develop in conjunction with the Library. They should have a target audience or beneficiary. Projects may have a strong partnership with other organizations/agencies. They could be a continuing annual/monthly program/event/contribution or a one off. They could have a fundraising component, or be solely for the enjoyment and benefit of participants.

We look to you for your experience and imagination to help us grow, make our organization even more relevant and valuable. The scope of potential projects is:
‘learning, experiencing and growing together’.

For more information or to sign up contact: Paul Young; phone/text 519-821-2793