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The Book End

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Proceeds from sales at The Book End bookstore directly benefit these Iowa City Public Library programs: Children's Summer Reading Program, Teen Summer Reading Program, and Art Purchase Prize, in addition to buying new materials for the Library collection.

A volunteer committee of the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation, the Book End Committee, works with the Library's Development office to oversee operations at The Book End store. Selling quality used books is the passion of The Book End. Bargain prices start at just 25¢.


The Book End accepts donations of used books, audiobooks, DVDs, and CDs in good condition. You may deliver donations during Library hours to the Help Desk on the first floor of the Library, or call the Library Development Office at 319.356.5249 or email to arrange for pickup of donations if you are unable to bring them.

The Book End does not accept: damaged books, magazines, textbooks, Readers Digest condensed books, dated materials, LP records, VHS tapes, encyclopedias, cassette tapes, or used fill-in-the blank books.


The Book End is located on the second floor of the Iowa City Public Library.


Monday-Thursday: 10:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

(Volunteers staff The Book End, so if a volunteer is unable to be there, the store may not be open.
Interested in becoming a volunteer? Download an application PDF icon.)

The Book End Committee 2016-2017

Chris Vincent, Chairperson
Peggy Doerge
Becky Johnson
Stephanie Linnell
Eileen Robinson
June True

You may contact Book End Committee members through the Library Development Office. Thank you very much for supporting The Book End!