The annual Palmerston North Book Sale

Come along to our annual book sale in Palmerston North on Queen's Birthday weekend (31 May - 3 June) and grab a bargain.

It all started with a marquee in the pouring rain, forcing book-lovers to trudge through mud to get a bargain. Fast forward 27 years and the annual Palmerston North book sale is circled on calendars across the region. It’s not unusual to see the keenest bargain-hunters queuing outside from 6am on sale day to make sure they get first pick.

Mark your calendar

Fri 31 May, 10am – 8pm

Sat 1 June, 10am – 6pm

Sun 2 June, 10am – 4pm

Mon 3 June, 10am – 2pm

Warning: it can be addictive – there are always more treasures to be found and many people find themselves coming back repeatedly over the four days!

Calling for volunteers

It takes a community to run a book sale. Join our friendly team in Palmerston North by volunteering at the Book Sale. The kitchen will be open for sustenance and it’s lots of fun.

You could:

  • Be part of the team setting up the sale: Monday 28 May to Thursday 31 May. You’ll be helping get the books and other items on to the tables in their different categories.
  • Help at the book sale: Friday 1 June to Sunday 3 June. On sale days, take care of a checkout, assist our kitchen staff, or help customers as they search for treasures.
  • Help at closedown: Monday 3 June, 2pm. This is when things really get hectic as it all gets taken down for another year.

To be part of the team, please email Judith at