This April, the Friends of the LSU Libraries’ annual Book Bazaar had a record-breaking turnout and raised an impressive $80,000 for LSU Libraries. The four-day sale, held from April 13-16, attracted book enthusiasts from far and wide and offered more than 60,000 items including new and used books, rare and collectible books, CDs, DVDs, and vinyl records.
The event was hosted by Friends of the LSU Libraries, a nonprofit that was established in 1962 to provide vital financial support to LSU Libraries. The proceeds generated from the Book Bazaar contribute to the acquisition of books that would otherwise be unattainable, enriching the resources available to students, faculty, and the wider community.
“The Book Bazaar has always been a cherished event for the Baton Rouge community,” said LSU Libraries Dean Stanley Wilder. “The generous contributions from the public have helped to make the library a better place for everyone.”
Beyond its local appeal, the Book Bazaar has become a magnet for antique book collectors nationwide. Each year, enthusiasts from across the country gather in Baton Rouge to explore the extensive collection of vintage books dating back to the 1800s.
According to Christine Wendling, LSU Libraries’ Director of Communications, “This was my first time attending, and I was thrilled to meet others who have been loyal customers for decades. This event is a haven for book lovers of all kinds, whether they be literary hobbyists, local
professors, antique book collectors, or just families seeking a casual outing. With items ranging from very rare to very popular, there’s something for everyone.”
Friends of the LSU Libraries accepts book donations by appointment at their warehouse on River Road, affectionately known as the Book Barn. Interested donors should call 225-578-5925 to schedule a donation. Visit lib.lsu.edu/about/friends for more information.