Go for the In-Library Bookstore, It Beats Semi-Annual Booksales

The library at Mount Lebanon, PA did, creating “The Book Cellar”.

“We’ve wanted to do this for many years,” said Cynthia Richey, library director. “I think my friends and I talked about a permanent used-book shop … in 1995-96, and this is finally becoming a reality.”

More than 100,000 volumes are donated to the library each year, she said. They were sold at semi-annual used-book sales, which last year generated $60,000. But the time and manpower of storing the books off-site and setting up temporary shelving became problematic.

So, The Book Cellar, a permanent used-book store, was created in several rooms downstairs from the main library, through the efforts of Friends of the Library volunteers to staff it. Not just books, book accessories too.