BERNARDSVILLE, NJ -- For more than six decades, the Somerset Hills American Association of University University Women's used book sale has drawn book lovers from both near and far, along with book dealers, volunteers, and donors of thousands of volumes.

This year, the sale begins on Thursday, Aug. 1, and continues through next Saturday, Aug. 3.

As it has for many years, the sale will be held at the Bernardsville Middle School, off Seney Drive. The first used book sale was held in 1950, according to the organization's webite.

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"We usually collect over $25,000 for our AAUW scholarships, our local libraries and our other supported charities," according to the publicity for the annual event. "Hopefully, we’ll do it again this year. One-hundred percent of the money raised after expenses goes to charity. It is a terrific way to recycle used books and to foster camaraderie of fellow book enthusiasts!"

The book sale raises funds for the AAUW Education Foundation scholarships; the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund; scholarships at local colleges; local public libraries; and the host school library, according to publicity for the event.

The books to be sold have been donated by the community.

Sales dates and times

This year's sales dates and times are: 

Thursday, Aug, 1, Noon to 8 p.m.

Friday, Aug.  2, Noon to 8 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 3, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Book prices will remain the same as last year, according to the organization.

Books, both hardback and paperback, in the main room will be sold at $.. Children’s books vary in price. On the first day, Thursday, there will be a 25 percent premium on books in the main room.

There is no admission charge to attend the book sale. However, starting at 9 a.m., admission numbers will be passed out to determine entry order for the long line that always forms on the morning of the first day of the sale, which generally draws book dealers.

Separate room for rare and choice books

Rare and choice books in the separate room managed by Beryl Hunter are priced individually and are not subject to the first day 25 percent premium.

This is the Somerset Hills AAUW branch's only fundraiser and is also a service project to the community provided by the association. Each year, the book sale also provides an opportunity for service hours for local high school students looking to fulfill required community service hours.

For more information about the book sale, contact Teri at 908-313-8421, or