Used Books Policy



In the Used Book Nook, you have a great place to bring your used books and earn store credit! Whether you are downsizing, in the middle of a move, or have kids' books that aren't being read by your college-age children, we are eager to see what you've got!

You can find the Used Book Nook towards the back of the store near the children’s section. Hours for the Used Book Nook will be from 10 am to 6 pm on weekdays, and 10 am to 5 pm on weekends.

Shoppers for used books will find them integrated with the new books throughout the store. Used books can be identified by a green spot on the spine and by the pricing label on the back. Long-time customers should be aware that the Used Book Annex was closed on September 17, 2017.


Please note that our policies have recently changed: 




BUYING HOURS.  We buy books all month long, every day of the week, from January through November. Due to the busy holiday demand, we suspend buying used books for the month of December. Bring your books to the Used Books Nook any day (exluding holidays we are closed), between 10 am to 6 pm on weekdays, and 10 am to 5 pm on weekends. Once we evaluate your books, we will make you a prompt offer on what we wish to buy. Please limit your drop-offs to ONE grocery-sized bag at a time; this will facilitate speedy processing of your titles.

OUR CRITERIA.  Whether a used book is purchased is contingent on three factors: 1) if it falls under our NO BUY LIST, 2) the condition of the used book, and 3) the status of our current inventory.

No Buy List: Here are the books we are NOT interested in purchasing:

  • HARDCOVER GENRE fiction like sci-fi, mystery, suspense, romance, etc. Paperback genre fiction is acceptable.
  • Magazines, DVDs, audio books
  • Library books
  • Encyclopedias and textbooks
  • Reader’s Digest Condensed Books
  • Book of the Month Club books
  • Dated time-sensitive books, such as travel guides, computer and technology books, test-prep titles, health and psychology titles, etc.

Quality: The condition of the book is critical for resale. We will not accept:

  • Books with writing or highlighting, broken spines, missing dust jackets, stains, mildew, strong odors, water damage, torn pages, etc.
  • Books with missing materials (cd’s, cards, etc.)

Current Inventory:  We may decide to not purchase a used book if we are at full inventory for that section. For example, if we no longer have space to store used mystery books, we may stop purchasing all used books in that section for a short period of time.

SORTING TIME. For a single bag of used books, our sorting process usually takes between 20 to 30 minutes. We ask that you please remain in the store so that we can return any unwanted books and provide you credit (if any) in a timely manner.

PAYMENT. We will promptly choose the books we are interested in purchasing and inform you of the price we are willing to pay. Books are paid for in store credit. You will also get 10% off any new or used books you buy on the day you bring books in for sale – just for bringing them in. You must be present to pick up any books we did not accept to receive your credit.