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Association for Continuing Education Book Sale

The Association for Continuing Education (ACE) at Case Western Reserve University will hold its 72nd annual book sale June 2-5 in Adelbert Gym (2128 Adelbert Road). All funds raised through the book sale support adult education programs, offered by ACE, at CWRU.

More than 80,000 books will be available, covering a wide range of interests, such as:

  • Fiction
  • Literature
  • Performing arts
  • Rare and antiquarian books
  • Psychology
  • Books written in foreign languages
  • Religion, philosophy, psychology, sociology
  • Fine arts: all periods of art, catalogs, photography
  • Cookbooks, craft and needlework, sports, interior decorating, gardening
  • Textbooks on all topics
  • Science: anthropology, archaeology, medical, natural and physical sciences
  • Technology: computers and engineering
  • Business: law, investing, economics
  • History and politics
  • Travel
  • Children’s books
  • Ephemera
  • Multimedia, including CDs, DVDs and vinyl records

Other materials will also be on sale, including puzzles, games, movies, music, playbills, posters and old stamps. Nearly one million items have been donated over the past year for the sale. Items of particular interest are:

  • an 1894 edition of Pride and Prejudice, published by George Allen and known for its embossed cover art
  • a 22 x 28-inch, pencil drawing on paper of an anti-Hitler political cartoon urging “peace not war.” The image, created by Webb Brown of Richfield, Ohio, was published during WWII in the Akron Beacon Journal
  • over 1,000 children’s books
  • 3,000 vinyl records and 7,000 CDs
  • scores of sheet music
  • a range of gifts from the late philanthropist Clurie Bennis, who was among the supporters of City Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music
  • many Native American language books, Hindi-English dictionaries and other foreign language books
  • exhibition catalogues, hardbound art books with some in foreign languages and coffee-table art books spanning from the Cleveland Museum of Art

Schedule of events

The event schedule is as follows (special pricing and deals are listed):

Saturday, June 2

10 a.m.-noon: Preview ($20 fee)
Noon-5 p.m.: Free Admission Begins

Sunday, June 3

Noon-5 p.m.: Coupon Day ($5 off $15 or more)

Monday, June 4

Noon-5 p.m.: Reduced Prices

Tuesday, June 5

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Box/Bag Sale for $5

Tips for visitors

The closest parking location is Veale Parking Garage (Lot 53) nearby the gym, which charges a fee. Saturday and Sunday, free parking can be found in Lot 85 (next to the Art Studio Building) and Lot 44 (across the street from the Art Studio). Both parking lots are over the railroad bridge just south of Adelbert Gym and Veale Parking Garage.

The sale provides buyers plastic bags for their purchases. Visitors planning to buy large quantities of books are encouraged to bring sturdy tote bags or small shopping carts on wheels,

Cash and credit cards will be accepted.

Book donations

Donations are accepted of:

  • all books, including comic books and graphic novels
  • older magazines
  • vinyl records, CDs and DVDs
  • needlecraft pattern books and pamphlets.

The following are not accepted:

  • Encyclopedias
  • National Geographic magazines
  • Reader’s Digest condensed books
  • current magazines
  • science and computer textbooks that are more than five years old.

Books can be dropped off at the warehouse at 10620 Cedar Ave., between Fairhill Avenue and East 105th Street, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Visit the package delivery dock on Cedar and ring the bell. Individuals are responsible for unloading their own boxes.

Because of space limitations in the gym, volunteers sort through donations to share with local community organizations in need of reading materials as well as the Amish community. Books too damaged or missing pages are recycled. And other books are packed away for the following year’s sale

For further information or to arrange book donation pickups, call the Siegal Lifelong Learning office at 216.368.2090 or visit