Library book sales

Christchurch City Libraries holds an annual sale of withdrawn books, magazines, CDs and DVDs etc. Community libraries also sell withdrawn items.

Big Bargain Book sale

2018 Book Sale

Our annual book sale will be held at the Pioneer Recreation and Sport Centre, 75 Lyttelton Street, Somerfield, Christchurch.

  • Friday 23 March, 9am to 7pm
  • Saturday 24 March, 9am to 4pm

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Friends of the Library have an opportunity to buy at library book sale previews (on the evening before the Book Sale starts - this year it will be on Thursday 22 March). If you wish to attend the book sale preview, then all new and existing subscriptions must be paid by 28 February each year. The 2018 preview is on Thursday 22 March from 4.30pm to 7pm.

Pay by EFT-POS or cash only — no credit cards or cheques.

  • Most adults' books are $3 (except for selected premium art, landscape and gardening books at marked prices)
  • Young adults' and children's books are $1
  • Magazines are 10 for $1
  • Audio-visual items such as DVDs, CDs, tapes, talking books etc are $3

It doesn't matter when you come to the book sale, as new stock will be put out all the time.

Pioneer Recreation and Sport Centre

75 Lyttelton Street, Somerfield
Christchurch 8024.
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Transport, traffic and parking

There will be plenty of parking at Pioneer.

You can also get to the venue by bus. It’s on the Orbiter bus route

Other bus routes that pass nearby:

There are scheduled road works taking place at the intersection of Lyttelton and Sparks Road. Find out more.


Photos from 2017 Book Sale.

Photos from previous book sales.