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May 2025

More than 200,000 gently used and wonderfully organized books await at the Calgary Reads Big Book Sale. This is a reader’s paradise and now you can shop the sale three ways: on the first two days by appointment, later as the crowds thin out or on our incredible special days.

Stay tuned for more details as the sale nears!

families that read, thrive

Every time you open a book and read with your child, you build brains and bonds. Reading aloud is a calming activity that brings the chance to grow vocabulary, empathy, problem-solving and more. Children learn to read – and then they read to learn. That’s why we say books open the door to a lifetime of opportunity.

Visit Little Red Reading House for free resources to help nurture your child’s lifelong love of reading.

An image of a father reading to his two sons

buy books faq’s

Thank you for taking a moment to read these FAQ’s before reaching out.

When do I pay the event fee?

The event fee is charged along with your payment for books upon exiting the sale. The event fee is $5 on May 10 and 11; $3 on all other sale days except for the last day, Monday May 20.

What methods of payment are accepted?

We accept cash, debit and credit cards.

Which sale days require a booking?

To help control numbers on our two busiest days, appointments are required on May 10 and 11. The link to book a spot will be shared as the sale nears.

How long can I stay?

Stay as long as you like – both on days with appointments and other sale days.

Where should I park?

There’s plenty of free parking at the Curling Club, and if it’s is a busy day, Lot 59 is just east of the Club off of Memorial Drive with a connecting walkway.


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Find your next favourite read among 175,000+ gently used books.

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