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Book Buying Policy

How does it work?

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The Where

We buy books every day outside at the Main Barn location.  No appointment is necessary; it is first come, first serve. There is no buying during inclement weather. 

The When

We buy books all year round from 11am to 6pm.  We are open 363 days a year, and if the weather is clear, we are buying books.

The How

When you arrive, please park and leave your books in your car.  Walk to the buying tables and speak to an employee. We'll ask you how many bags/boxes you have and then provide further instruction.  When it is your turn, we will supply you with a wagon if you need one. While waiting to sell, please do not crowd the buying table.


We can't guarantee that we'll take every book, but we will take anything we believe we can sell.  We will make you an offer of a check or store credit (15% more) for what we can use.

Please take note that at the present moment the Book Barn is not buying DVDs--we're overloaded.

  • What if there is inclement weather?
    Sorry, we do not buy in inclement weather or below 20 degrees fahrenheit with wind chill. If in doubt, call us before you come out.
  • What kinds of books do we buy?
    Because of the sheer volume of books we look through each week, we are selective in our book choices. Our inventory changes day-to-day and hour-by-hour, so what we need changes, too. We pride ourselves in running an ethical business and we deal in books in a professional and fair manner. We can't buy everything that comes our way, simply because we've run out of places to put them! We'll do our best to take what we can from each seller, but whatever we can't use must go home with you. We can provide directions to our favorite donation centers. There are a few types of books we never buy: ​ Encyclopedias Ex-Library Stock Harlequin, Regency or Love-Inspired Romances Magazines Reader's Digest Condensed Textbooks Books that have water damage and/or mold Tapes of any variety (VHS, cassette, etc.) Otherwise, we are happy to take a look (as long as books are clean and in good condition)!
  • How much do we pay for books?
    The amount we pay for books varies greatly. Our offers are made using a sliding scale, based on the value at which the book will be sold. If we believe we can sell the book for a higher price, we will pay you more. Below are some examples of what we do buy: Hardcover & trade-sized fiction Mass-market (pocket) paperbacks Hardcover & trade-sized nonfiction Children's chapter & picture books Audiobooks DVDs & Blu-Ray Comic books/Graphic Novels Interested in store credit? Store credit is worth 15% more than the check offer and is valid at all four locations! Store credit never expires, but we do not keep records of them; if a store credit slip is lost we cannot replace it.
  • Do we accept donated books?
    YES! We are always happy to accept donated books; we receive wonderful stock this way every week and are grateful for the help! You may bring books in to donate any day of the week between 11am and 6pm. No processing is necessary, just speak to an employee! We do not accept donations of books that we decided not to purchase. You must choose to either sell or donate. We are unable to accept donations in the rain. Thanks for your understanding!
  • Do we buy during the winter?
    We buy books 363 days a year, winter included. Buying hours are still 11am-6pm at our Main Barn location. Please note: if the weather is inclement--raining, snowing or below 20 degrees fahrenheit with wind chill--we do not buy books, and ask that you wait for a sunny day. If in doubt, call us before you come out.
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