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Cheap Books: Friends of the Metropolitan Library Sale

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The Metropolitan Library Sale at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds. This beloved event, steeped in community spirit and literary fervor, transforms the fairgrounds into a bustling hub of excitement and discovery. From avid readers seeking hidden gems to families in search of affordable entertainment, the sale offers something for everyone, with its vast selection of books, DVDs, CDs, and more. As patrons meander through the aisles, they are greeted by the intoxicating scent of well-loved pages and the promise of new adventures waiting to be unearthed. Amidst the chatter of fellow book enthusiasts and the palpable buzz of anticipation, the Friends of the Metropolitan Library Sale stands as a testament to the enduring power of literature to unite and inspire.

All proceeds support our funding of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Oklahoma county.

Friends of the Metropolitan Library Sale

When is the Friends of the Metropolitan Library Sale:

This year the sale will be start Feb 23rd for Members only. ou must be a paid member by 5pm on 2/21 to attend the member sale offered on Friday, February 23 from 1pm to 7pm. If your membership tickets did not arrive in the mail, check in at the member will call table on Friday between 12noon and 6pm to receive admission. Guests under the age of 12 do not need a ticket during membership day. No memberships will be sold at the sale.

The event is free and open for the public to attend 9am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday February 24 and 25. Check out the library website for more information.

Where is the Sale Located:

The event is held at the OKC Fairgrounds in the Oklahoma Expo. Hall at 3213 Wichita Walk, OKC.

Friends of the Metropolitan Library Sale

What Can I Bring to the Sale:

They do take cash or credit cards. You CAN bring a small cart or wagon to the event, but we prefer totes or backpacks. Please be considerate of other shoppers. Do not block aisles. Follow our ‘airplane' guideline: Do not take up more square footage than you might with yourself and a large suitcase at an airport queue!

We took a tote during the members sale and let me tell you it was HEAVY. I recommend bringing a tall skinny cart as wagons will be hard to maneuver.

Please do not bring items to donate to the sale – wait until we reopen for donations on March 6th and visit our www.supportmls.org/donatematerials site to learn more.

You can bring in outside drinks but there will concessions available from the fairgrounds. 

Become a Volunteer:

Volunteers are welcome to register or learn more at the Volunteer link. Volunteers will be invited to shop on February 22 at an exclusive presale. Volunteers help both prepare for the sale and during the sale to help make it a success.

Free books for Teachers and Homeschoolers

Teachers and nonprofits can register here to be eligible to claim leftover items at the end of our sale on February 25 from 6pm to 7:30pm.

Friends of the Metropolitan Library Sale

How Many Books will They Have:

How many books do they have? Way to many count. There are probably thousands of books.

Categories include:

  • Animals
  • Archeology/Anthropology
  • Business
  • Children's
  • Computers
  • Cookbooks
  • Crafts
  • Foreign Language
  • Gardening
  • Geneology
  • Inspire. Fiction
  • Law/Crime
  • Philosophy
  • Pretty Books
  • Puzzles
  • Signed
  • Social Science
  • Sports
  • Writing
  • and so much more.

But it's not just books they also have dvd, records, cd's and more.

Friends of the Metropolitan Library Sale

How Does it Work:

All books are broken up into categories and and you can roam from section to section to browse the selections. Add whatever you want to your bag and fill out a tally sheet of what you bought and then get in line to purchase. The line moves really fast. If you didn't bring a bag with you and you bought more than you thought, there is a holding section where you can keep your books while you shop some more.

friends of the metropolitan library sale

Daniel and I walked with over 28 books for around $45. If I had brought a cart , we probably would have bought more.


As the final pages turn and the last echoes of excitement fade away, the Friends of the Metropolitan Library Sale leaves behind a legacy of community enrichment and literary celebration. With grateful hearts and shelves brimming with newfound treasures, patrons bid farewell to another successful event, already counting down the days until next year's gathering. Yet, the spirit of camaraderie and the love for literature ignited within these fairground walls continue to flourish, reminding us all of the enduring magic found within the pages of a book and the connections forged through shared stories. Until we meet again amidst the stacks of literary delights, the memories and joys of the Friends of the Metropolitan Library Sale will linger, a beacon of inspiration for readers young and old alike.

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