LSU to Hold Annual Book Bazaar in March

02/17/2012 02:54 PM

BATON ROUGE – The annual Friends of the LSU Libraries’ 2012 Book Bazaar will be held on March 1-3 on the LSU campus at the 4-H Mini-Farm and Nelson Memorial Buildings. Hours of operation for the event will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. This year’s sale will have more than 60,000 books, as well as an ample collection of CDs, DVDs, sheet music and vinyl record albums. Admission to the 2012 Book Bazaar is free and parking is available.


Last year, the Friends of the LSU Libraries' Book Bazaar raised $73,000 for the Friends of the LSU Libraries’ endowment fund. Over the last 35 years, the Friends of the LSU Libraries have raised more than $1.5 million for that endowment fund. Proceeds from the endowment are used by the LSU Libraries to fund projects wherever the need is greatest.


Volunteers from the Friends of the LSU Libraries’ Book Barn have been working throughout the year collecting and organizing books for the 2012 Book Bazaar. This year's sale will offer books in dozens of categories, from contemporary fiction and non-fiction to rare and collectible books. The books come in all forms and sizes, from hardback to leather-bound and from oversized to very small, and most are priced at less than $10, with many titles selling for $1.


Some of the books at the 2012 Book Bazaar will include an ample collection of Southern fiction; more than 5,000 history books including Southern, Civil War and military history; 6,000 children's books; 2,400 cookbooks; many beautiful large-format art books; 2,000 science fiction books; and more than 1,000 vinyl record albums. For mystery and suspense lovers, there will be more than 4,000 titles to chose from. There will also be a large number of LSU Gumbo yearbooks available for sale, as well as a selection of titles from the LSU Press.


Additional highlights for the 2012 Book Bazaar include a number of rare Louisiana books and pamphlets about New Orleans, 19th and 20th century leather-bound books and sets, Civil War books, and a large collection of metallurgy, blacksmithing and ironwork books. There will also be a rare collection of children’s books in braille, as well as a collection of drawings by Ben Earl Looney – “Eight Drawings of LSU.”


The Friends of the LSU Libraries would like to acknowledge the support they receive from Kean’s Fine Dry Cleaning. During the summer and fall months, Kean’s assists in collecting books by providing bins in many of their area stores. Throughout the year the Friends of the LSU Libraries also accept books, CDs, DVDs and vinyl record albums at the Book Barn at 3355 River Road. Donors are encouraged to call 578-5925 to arrange for a drop-off time. Although it’s too late to make a book donation for this sale, book collection for the 2013 Book Bazaar will begin on Monday, April 2, at the Book Barn location.


For more information about the 2012 Book Bazaar, visit

Melissa  Foley 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012