The CBC Calgary Reads Big Book Sale is our way of evening that out.

People purge their books, we sell them and the funds raised are used year round to support literacy programs, and get free books into the hands of kids who have none.


We cannot accept encyclopaedias, dictionaries, text books, Harlequin Romances, Reader’s Digest, cassettes, magazines or agendas.

Calgary Food Bank
5000 11 St SE
Wednesday April 17 8:30am –  6:30pm
Thursday April 18 8:30am –  6:30pm
Tuesday April 23 8:30am –  6:30pm
Wednesday April 24 8:30am –  6:30pm
Thursday April 25 8:30am –  6:30pm

Cross Iron Mills
Saturday, April 27th 10:00am – 3:00pm
Stuff-A-Truck Event: Once the truck is full we won’t be able to accept donations so come early!

Calgary Curling Club
720 3 St NW
Tuesday, April 30 9:00am – 8:00pm
Wednesday, May 1 9:00am – 8:00pm
Thursday, May 2 9:00am – 8:00pm
Friday, May 3 9:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday May 4: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday May 5: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Store & Go
1216 10 Ave SW
Saturday, May 4th 9:00am-1:00pm

The Apothecary
921 9th Ave SE
Saturday, May 4th 11:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, May 5th 11:00am-3:00pm

Shop for the books, stay for the fun!

It’s a literacy carnival with live music, children’s story corner and book browsing for all.

Calgary Curling Club

720 3 St NW

Friday, May 10

Doors close at 8:30

Saturday, May 11

Doors close at 8:30

Sunday, May 12

Doors close at 1:30

Big Book Sale 2019 - FREE Parking

New for 2019

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Big Book Sale FAQ

Is there a fee to enter the Big Book Sale?

Yes, there is a $2 cash donation.

How can I pay for my books?

At the checkout you can pay with cash, credit or debit.

Volunteer as an individual, group or team!

Get involved by organizing pre-event book drives, sorting and setting up books for the sale, helping with the sale or bringing your energy to clean up after the event is over. Be part of the fun!