Bloomington Crime Prevention Association

Sponsors of  Book'em Used Book Sale

                             BOOK'EM  Annual Book Sale


                                                          Some of our great Book'Em Volunteers!


Our next BooK'Em Sale will be held in June of 2024, please check back in early spring of 2024 for more information regarding donation sites and sale dates.


The Book'Em used book sale has been held annually since 1992.  The purpose of the sale is to generate funds that are awarded as grants to Bloomington organizations for crime prevention activities.   The sale has increased in size each year and is now one of the largest of its kind in the Upper Midwest.   We have many loyal customers and receive many compliments about the sale.  Here is one posted on Nextdoor by Bev A., "Most wonderful used book sale ever. I go every year wherever they are, much benefit to our community!  Keep reading and support this."

Used books, cds, dvds,records, games and puzzles are donated (tax deductible) to BCPA from residents, libraries, bookstores, estate sales, etc.  
Click here for types of books and other items accepted.  Book'Em volunteers pick up, sort, organize and sell these items at the annual sale.  The location of the sale typically moves from year to year to accommodate donated space. Revisit our website frequently for specific information about the upcoming book sale.

For advance notification of the sale you may sign up for an email reminder that will be sent  when we know our location and sale dates and then again just prior to the sale.  Alternatively, you may sign up for postcard notification by emailing your name and address to and we will send you a postcard with the current year's sale information a few weeks prior to the sale.

The primary drop-off location is at the sale site.  The drop-off will be available usually about 10 weeks before the start of the sale.  Additional drop-off sites are located in Bloomington.  Please refer to the donation page for dates and location.  If you are moving, down-sizing, disposing of an estate or have other circumstances where you can't store until Drop-off locations are open, please contact us at  We are in the process of identifying temporary storage and certainly want to accept your tax deductible donation.  Please call or email if you have any other questions regarding the book sale.