Friends of the Squirrel Hill Library
                            your most complete guide to used book stores and sales around the 'Burgh




I do not buy or sell books.
Before you e-mail or telephone me, please read the
Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQs).

Sales Coming Soon

Many book sales are described on a national list. Sales for our state are at
That page will actually have a list of all the sales in Pennsylvania that they know about.
These are coming up soon in our area:
March sale at C.C.Mellor (Edgewood)
their website has this notice:
Book Sale

Each March the library holds a Book Sale in the ballroom and living room of the Edgewood Community House,
1 Pennwood Avenue, Edgewood, PA.
Over 9,000 books and audio-visual items for adults and children are offered for sale during this four-day event.
The library accepts donations for the sale throughout the year. We are happy to write letters for tax purposes.
Volunteer help is also needed during the year. More information is available in February.
The 2015 sale will be held on:
Saturday,      March 21    9am-4pm
Sunday,        March 22    9am-4pm
Monday,        March 23     9am-8pm
Tuesday,        March 24     9am-Noon

Preview party for area residents will be held on Friday, March 20 from 6:30-9:30pm. The Drop Dead Book Club
will provide food and refreshments for the event. Items are on sale that evening. No vendors allowed. Tickets are $20.

The Squirrel Hill Friends have opened their "Friends' Shop", a major expansion of their Ongoing Book Sale.
Donations are always welcome.

A reminder: there are special events from time to time in the book sale area.
You can get advance notice by sending your email address to:
Volunteers are always needed. Tasks are varied; even 15 minutes straightening shelves whenever you're at the library would be welcome.
Stop in at the Friends workroom next to the restrooms and find out how you can help.

From Pgh: out Forbes Avenue to Murray Avenue; the library is above the parking garage on the left.
Handicapped access is up the ramp on Marlborough Ave behind the library, or via an elevator inside the Forbes St entrance,
which can also be entered from the parking garage.

As of March 9, 2015: The Ugly Truth
I haven't had time to keep the list of book sales and stores current for a long time.
I hope to publish an edition of the 2015 SaleList by June.
In the meantime, the 2008 version of the SaleList can give you hints about who might be having a sale --
but you'll have to call the library or look online at their website to see if the sale is happening this year.
Click on the Word or PDF button (to the left) to see the 2008 info available.

The easiest way to find any Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh branch library's website is to go to
and click on the tab marked LOCATIONS AND DEPARTMENTS.
The map that comes up shows each branch of the CLP as a dot. Click on the dot to go to the branch info.

For other libraries in Allegheny County, click on the words "Allegheny County Libraries"
under QUICK LINKS on the right side of the page.

The Friends segment of this website is being kept current. (Which is why the book sale list is not.)

Used book sales in Western Pennsylvania are growing so fast that itís hard to keep track of them all. Since early 2001, Iíve been compiling and disseminating a guide to Used Book Sales and Stores in and around Allegheny County (see About the SaleList). On April 27, 2005 this website was created to make it easier to share that SaleList. Here you can:

  • download the SaleList in either a Microsoft Word or a .pdf (Portable Document Format) version so you can read it on your own computer or print a copy to carry around. If you have an old copy of the list and just want to update parts of it, you can choose to download small files of Revisions.

  • browse the SaleList here and do a quick lookup of your favorite library or book store.

  • get answers to Frequently Asked Questions such as "What can I do with my old magazines?" and "Can you sell me the book I am looking for?". Please read the FAQs page before you ask me a question via e-mail, because if your question is answered there I'll just be e-mailing the FAQ to you.

I have removed the pages intended for "Pittsburgh Exchange", a place to share ads and thoughts related to books, reading, recycling, sharing. Much of its purpose is already well served by and Both permit free ads and have established themselves as strong sites.

I'd like to learn about any other sites for bookworms. (For sites I've already learned about, see page ii of the SaleList, "Sites of Interest".)

I'd particularly like to find a source for a good list of books written by Pittsburghers or about Pittsburgh.

The SaleList depends on you.
Please contact me
with changes, additions, comments, or criticism
of either the website or the SaleList.
Margie Spenser

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last revised: March 9, 2015