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May 10-20, 2024
Calgary Curling Club
720 3rd Street NW

More than 175,000 gently used and wonderfully organized books await you 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.

shop the Big Book Sale!

With plenty of room for books, volunteers and guests – and with tables refreshed daily – our 10-day sale brings you a leisurely, comfortable shopping experience. Yes, we accept cash, debit and credit cards. Yes, you can come as many times as you like. Let the hunt begin!

Map of the Calgary Curling Club showing parking

where is the Big Book Sale and where can you park?

Find the Calgary Reads Big Book Sale at the Calgary Curling Club, located at 720 3rd Street NW. On sale days, there’s plenty of free parking at the Curling Club, and if it’s a busy day, Lot 59 is just east of the Club off of Memorial Drive with a connecting walkway.

On  Free Day (May 20) there is NO parking at the club (save for handicap parking). Public parking is available in Lot 59 and 2 hours of free street parking  is available in the Sunnyside community just west of the Curling Club.

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 (though we'll happily accept $$ donations by cash or card that day.

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 available soon!

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. Parking in Lot 59 may be free for Big Book Sale customers on Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11.


Join the fun and get first pick of books at the pre-sale event.

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