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!

Location: Barber Hall, Waldegrave St, Palmerston North

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: You’ll be helping get the books and other items on to the tables in their different categories.
  • Help at the book sale: Friday 31 May June to Monday 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

Red Cross Book Sale 2019 - General Hall 

Red Cross Book Sale 2019 - Priced Section