One of New England's Largest Sales of Used Books


One of New England's largest used book sales, held every spring since 1962.
More than 40,000 carefully sorted books in good condition encompassing all genres, along with rare volumes, DVDs, BluRays, audiobooks, jigsaw puzzles and other oddities.
Revenue goes to scholarships for high school students from Vermont and New Hampshire to attend Mount Holyoke, Simmons, Smith, Vassar, Wellesley.

2024 Sale Dates
Lebanon High School, Lebanon, NH

PLEASE NOTE: In 2023, we thoroughly enjoyed the experience of having the sorting operation and the sale in one location as did our many loyal patrons. Unfortunately, this is not possible for 2024, so we are grateful to be returning to Lebanon High School for a 4 day sale.

2024 Sale Dates & Times:

4/11 Thursday 12 noon to 7pm General Public
4/12 Friday 9am to 11:30am Booksellers only
4/12 Friday 12 noon to 7pm General Public
4/13 Saturday 9am to 5 pm General Public
4/14 Sunday 9am to 3 pm General Public (Half Price Day)

Everyone is welcome during General Public hours. Please note that Friday morning is reserved for booksellers.

Find Out More

About Us


The mission of the Five Colleges Book Sale is to raise scholarship funds for NH and VT students to attend Vassar, Smith, Wellesley, Mount Holyoke, and Simmons.

The Five Colleges Book Sale is a 501c3 organization operating to provide scholarships for students from New Hampshire and Vermont to Mount Holyoke, Simmons, Wellesley, Smith, and Vassar since 1962. To date, we have funded more than 300 scholarships. We are excited to be entering our 60th sale year.

More than 40,000 carefully sorted books in good condition encompassing all genres, along with rare volumes, media, jigsaw puzzles and other oddities can be found at the sale for reasonable prices.

Our 300 loyal volunteers make the sale happen each year and include alumni from the five colleges and our many friends. Volunteers come from all over New Hampshire and Vermont and from other states.

We work with many Upper Valley partners to offer a successful sale event:

Blood's Seafood, Catering & Party Rental
Gnomon Copy
IDVD and Poster
Lebanon Fire & Police Departments
Quail Hollow Senior Living
The Valley News
Jake’s Market & Deli
Lebanon High School

Book Categories


Book categories may change as we receive book collections in specific categories, a large quantity of interesting books that we wish to highlight, or special items that our generous donors provide.

Americana & Native Americans
Archaeology & Ancient World
Architecture
Art, Antiques & Collectibles
Audiovisuals - CDs & DVDs
Biography & Memoirs
Business & Economics
Children's & Young Adult Literature
Classics
Collectible Illustrators & Books
Cookbooks & Food Literature
Environmental Issues
Family & Relationships
Farming & Homesteading
Fiction - Hardback
Fiction - Paperback
Foreign Languages
Gardening & Horticulture
Gender & Sexuality
Gift Books
Good Reads
Graphic Novels/Anime/Manga
Health & Wellness
History - Military
History - United States & World
Hobbies, Crafts & Games
Holidays
Homeschooling
House & Home
Humor & Cartoons

Language Arts & Disciplines
Large Print
Literary Interests
Music
Mythology & Folklore
Nature & Wildlife
Needlecrafts
New Age & Paranormal
New England Regional
Oddments
Performing Arts
Pets
Philosophy
Photography
Poetry
Political Science & Government
Psychology
Reference
Religion
Retro Reads
Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror
Sociology
STEM
Specials
Spirituality
Sports & Recreation
Transportation
Travel & Adventure
Unclassified
Yearbooks

Remainders


Each year books remaining at the end of the sale are offered to bidders, as a lot, in an auction held in advance of the Sale.
Inquiries may be addressed to: [email protected]

Booksellers


Booksellers Only Shopping Time - Friday, 4/12/24 Friday 9am to 11:30am

The Five Colleges Book Sale welcomes professional booksellers from all over New England and the Mid-Atlantic region.

On April 12th, we are offering a block of sale time exclusively for booksellers. The purpose of setting this time aside for booksellers is to reduce congestion at the sale.

The primary purpose of the Five Colleges Book Sale is to raise scholarship funds for NH and VT students to attend Vassar, Smith, Wellesley, Mount Holyoke, and Simmons.

We value bookseller participation in our sale, and appreciate the substantial revenue generated by our loyal booksellers. We are also grateful for the generous donations and purchases of our local patrons and more than 300 volunteers. Without each segment of this varied customer population, the sale could not succeed.

We ask for your cooperation in refraining from the practice of 'scooping' books to make the sale a pleasant experience for everyone. We will be strictly enforcing a no scoop rule to give all patrons an opportunity to enjoy the sale, and require booksellers to scan the books on the tables in order to determine which books to evaluate further.

Donations


The Five Colleges Book Sale appreciates and relies on our loyal patrons for donations of books in saleable condition in all genres. It is community members like you who have kept the sale running for more than 60 years.

Books and media in saleable condition will be accepted beginning Friday, March 1 at the former Olympia Sports Store in the Upper Valley Plaza, West Lebanon, NH and continue through Sunday, March 24. The site is between The Paper Store and Famous Footwear.

Donations must be received by volunteers. Please do not leave books outside the storefront.

Directions:
The sorting site at Olympia Sports, down near Kohl's between The Paper Store and Famous Footwear.

250 N Plainfield Rd, West Lebanon, NH 03784

Volunteers will be on hand to accept donations during the following times:
Monday - Saturday 9am – 4pm
Wednesday 4pm – 7pm
Sunday Noon - 4pm

Donations are tax deductible with receipts available at the donation site.

We welcome high-quality donations of books, manuscripts, prints, maps, memorabilia, CDs, and DVDs.

Please be mindful of the condition of the items you wish to donate. We cannot accept books that are soiled, heavily highlighted or marked up, moldy, falling apart, or in general poor physical condition.

We also cannot accept the following materials, even in good condition:

Encyclopedias
Textbooks
Software Guides
Travel Guides that you used on your trip 10 years ago
Reader's Digest or other condensed books
Former library books
Magazines
VHS tapes, audiobooks, Great Courses, vinyl records, audio cassette tapes
Please check with your local school, senior center, or library to see if they might be able to use these items, or recycle them at your local recycling center if possible.

60th Anniversary Celebration


Please join us in celebrating the 60th Five Colleges Book Sale. We will have an historical display highlighting special moments of the sale from our founding in 1962 to the present day. We will also be offering a commemorative Five Colleges Book Sale canvas shopping bag to sale goers.



Useful Links


Local Restaurants, Inns, Hotels and B&Bs

Visitors who want to make the sale a part of a spring trip to New England will find many places to stay, eat and explore nearby.
Here are just a few examples of guides to restaurants, hotels and inns in the area:

Dining in the Upper Valley of NH & VT
Lodging in the Upper Valley of NH & VT
NH Bed & Breakfast Association
VT Lodging Association

FAQs


Questions we frequently get with brief answers. Check our Facebook page for frequent updates.

When does the sale take place?

The 2024 Five Colleges Book Sale will be held on the following days/times:
4/11 Thursday 12 noon to 7pm General Public
4/12 Friday 9am to 11:30am Booksellers only
4/12 Friday 12 noon to 7pm General Public
4/13 Saturday 9am to 5 pm General Public
4/14 Sunday 9am to 3 pm General Public (Half Price Day)

Where does the sale take place?

The 2024 Five Colleges Book Sale will be held at Lebanon High School, 195 Hanover Street, Lebanon, NH.

When can I donate books?

Donations of books and media in saleable conditions will be accepted beginning Friday, March 1, at the former Olympia Sports Store in the Upper Valley Plaza, West Lebanon, NH, and continue through Sunday, March 24. The site is between The Paper Store and Famous Footwear. Volunteers will be on hand to accept donations during the following times:

March 1 - 24, 2024
Monday - Saturday 9am – 4pm
Wednesday 4pm – 7pm
Sunday Noon - 4pm

What types of donations do you accept?

We welcome high-quality donations of books, manuscripts, prints, maps, memorabilia, CDs, and DVDs. Please do not donate any books with mold, broken spines or excessive highlighting/underlining. Books that aren’t in saleable conditions require extra work for our volunteers to process.

Do you accept textbooks?

Not at this time. Check with area churches, COVER, and LISTEN to see if they accept textbooks.

Is there a way for me to donate books outside the donation period?

We accept donations in our offseason on a case by case basis. Please reach out to chair Natalie Golden at [email protected] with any questions.

Where does the money go?

Proceeds from the sale benefit scholarship funds at five historically women’s colleges; Smith, Mt. Holyoke, Simmons, Wellesley and Vassar, and go to NH and VT students to attend one of the five colleges.

What do you do with the books you can’t sell?

We have an agreement with an online bookseller who takes the leftover books.

How much do books cost?

Most books are priced at well under $10., and many are $1-$3. We also offer antique books, first editions and other special books that have higher price points.

How can I volunteer?

Come to the sorting site during donation hours or request to be added to the volunteer email list by emailing [email protected].

Contact Us


Send us a messages and we will get back to you as soon as possible!

General Inquiries & To Volunteer: [email protected]

Bookseller Inquiries:

[email protected] 603-848-3311 (text or call)