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The Founding College of the University of Toronto
shelf of books including one with a "Staff Pick" label

Book Sale

**ATTENTION** In light of the situation with COVID-19, UC Books has suspended most of our operations and will not be accepting donations and processing online book sales, and recruiting new volunteers until further notice. The health, safety and well-being of our volunteers, alumni and friends are very important to us. 

We are excited to announce that, provided public health guidelines continue to permit, we are planning to hold our fall book sale from October 27 to 30, 2022.

When conditions make it safe to do so, we look forward to once again collecting donations and running the bookshop and online sales.

This page will be updated when we have more details about the sale and when other services resume. 

The volunteer run UC Books sells books in a shop, online and at a fall sale, all in support of UC students and the UC Library.

You can shop online at (The processing of online book sales is currently suspended)


Donate Books

**ATTENTION** The UC Book Sale is not currently accepting donations as services are suspended. Thank you for your understanding. 

Get in touch with us at or 416-978-0372. Leave a voicemail with your name and telephone number. We’ll return your call.

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All About UC Books

About Us

UC Books began in 1979 as a small, annual sale offering affordable books to students. More than forty years later, our volunteers collect and assess over 100,000 books annually; operate a year-round Book Shop in the College; maintain listings of over 6,000 books in our online store at; and organize a large sale every October. Proceeds from the UC Books go to students and to the UC Library. 

All books are carefully examined by our trained volunteers and are sorted to go into either the UC Book Sale in October, the Book Shop, or placed on our internet listings. Other items are considered for the U of T Library holdings, and some are shared with local non-profit organizations in Toronto and Ontario, as well as with schools and programs abroad in countries such as the Caribbean, Central America, and Africa.


**ATTENTION** The UC Book Sale is not currently accepting donations as services are suspended. Thank you for your understanding. 

We accept used items in good condition such as books, DVDs, CDs and electronic games.       

Our volunteers handle over 100,000 items a year in our workrooms. Incoming books are sorted and directed to various sections of the Book Sale or to appropriate university libraries. Items which the Book Sale cannot use or sell go to student groups and non-profit organizations. 

Your donations give students access to low-cost reading materials, divert waste from landfills, and help keep books in circulation. We are an important source for out-of-print books for readers and collectors. Revenues from the sale of donated books support students and the UC Library. 

To arrange a donation drop off in our workroom on Tuesday or Thursday or to ask for a pickup of your books, please contact us at or call 416-978-0372 to arrange the details. 

NOTE: We will not be making pickups of books or accepting donations of books at the work room from September 1st until November 1st while we prepare and run the sale 

We regret that we cannot sell Readers' Digest condensed books, National Geographic and other magazines, encyclopedias (some exceptions apply), out-of-date-textbooks or books with heavy highlighting or ink underlining as well as damaged paper-back books. 

All donors must use liquor store sized boxes and pack the books lying flat rather than on end.

Shop Online

**Please note that the processing of online book purchases is suspended until further notice**

Purchase our quality used, hard-to-find and out-of-print books online year-round at AbeBooks

AbeBooks is an international database of out-of-print and used books. Our online store has over 6,000 books in dozens of categories. We ship all over Canada, the United States, and 45 other countries. AbeBooks-listed items are discounted when picked up at the Book Shop in University College (with advance notice). 

Fall Sale

We are excited to announce that, provided public health guidelines continue to permit, we are planning to hold our fall book sale from October 27 to 30, 2022. Watch this space for further details.

Book Shop

**Unfortunately, the UC Book Shop is closed until further notice.**

The UC Book Shop is located in Room A102, off the College Quadrangle in the main building. During renovations enter by the west door of the College. 

Our shelves are filled with donated books in good condition. We are an excellent source of out-of-print books and we have recently opened an antiquarian section.  

Books are added to our shelves weekly and range from Art, Classic and Current Literature, Canadiana, Children’s Books, Drama and Poetry, History, Philosophy, Social Sciences and Religion to Sciences, Math, Reference, Travel and Mystery.  

Prices range from $2.00 and up. Payments can be made in cash or with credit and debit cards. Students receive a discount of 10% for purchases of $10.00 or more. 


We welcome a wide range of volunteers who can offer long-term or short-term, skilled or unskilled assistance. Whatever your interest and abilities, we have a role for you. We offer on-the-job training and supervision.