We prepare for our Spring and Fall book sales year-round. Over 600,000 donated books, DVDs, CDs, games, and other items are sorted into approximately 70 subject categories before each sale. This job is handled by rough sorters. The preliminary sorting is further refined by category sorters. It’s this level of sorting which makes our sales stand out from many others.
Please join us. You don’t have to make a long-term commitment, volunteer for a specific time or a specific number of hours and there’s no requirement to sign up in advance. In addition to flexibility, another perk of being a volunteer is being able to borrow a book or two during the sorting months. All borrowed books are returned before the sale. When a volunteer has worked 30 hours or more, s/he is eligible to attend the Volunteer Pre-Sale, held the week prior to the start of the Book Sale itself, where the volunteer may buy up to 50 items at first-day prices.
New volunteers are welcome to come for orientation during regular sorting hours (see below). During orientation, the rough sorting process is explained; i.e., determining the best subject choice for the item in hand, packing the category boxes, taking breaks, and earning hours for Pre-Sale. For more information about volunteering, contact the Book Sale.
We do not allow book dealers or book scouts to volunteer.
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These shifts are work times for rough and category sorters ONLY. Please look here for information about donation hours.
Scheduled sorting shifts:
Winter weather: If the Ithaca City School District is closed due to weather conditions, we’ll also be closed. Call ahead to be sure.
Category sorters are encouraged to work in their sections during rough sorting hours. Read the Category Sorters Guidelines.