UPDATE – CBC Calgary Reads Big Book Sale 

We continue to plan the annual CBC Calgary Reads Big Book Sale, our biggest fundraiser of the year. This book sale is incredibly important to the operation of Calgary Reads.

The health, safety and well-being of our volunteers, employees and customers is our top priority and we are following the lead of Canadian public health authorities during this challenging time. Given the concerns around COVID-19, the Book Sale Committee has determined that by April 9, we will make a decision whether or not we can go ahead with our Sale, as scheduled for May 8-11. We are considering all options and, if necessary, we may schedule for an alternate date. Please continue to sign up to volunteer for this event.

See our website and emails for updates.

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 encyclopedias, dictionaries, text books,Harlequin Romances, Reader’s Digest, cassettes, magazines or agendas.

Calgary Food Bank
5000 11 St SE
Wednesday April 15 8:30am –  6:30pm
Thursday April 16 8:30am –  6:30pm
Tuesday April 21 8:30am –  6:30pm
Wednesday April 22 8:30am –  6:30pm
Thursday April 23 8:30am –  6:30pm

Stuff a Truck (location TBA)
Saturday, April 25th 9:00am – 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 28th 9:00am – 8:00pm
Wednesday, April 29th 9:00am – 8:00pm
Thursday, April 30th 9:00am – 8:00pm
Friday, May 1st 9:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday May 2nd: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday May 3rd: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Store & Go
1216 10 Ave SW
Every Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. January 11th until April 25th

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 8

Doors close at 8:30

Saturday, May 9

Doors close at 8:30

Sunday, May 10

Doors close at 1:30

Big Book Sale 2020 - FREE Parking

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!