University Libraries host annual book sale

Old books, CDs, yearbooks and comics were available at the book sale this week. || Kristen Allen/The News

Old books, CDs, yearbooks and comics were available at the book sale this week. || Kristen Allen/The News

Students gathered in front of Waterfield Library Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to browse the collection of books, magazines, movies, comics and CDs spread out on several tables and racks during the University Library’s annual sale. The sale was set up at 10 a.m. and closed at 3 p.m.

Items in the sale had been donated to the library but had not met criteria to be included in the collection.

“Students can make use of the outdated books,” said Lindsey Futrell, a dean’s office assistant at Waterfield Library.

In addition to providing students with extra resources, the sale for the donated books provide the libraries with money to buy new books needed for the next academic year.

The items ranged in prices, from as low as 10 cents to a maximum of $5. For example, comics and CDs cost $3 while hardback books cost $1 and magazines were only 10 cents.

“We don’t make a lot of profit from these, but it’s something.” Futrell said.

Students often enjoy the sale because it features collector’s items or valuable resources for classes students are enrolled in. Educational books, videos and magazines arranged by topics or major studies on the tables allow the students to pick extra aids through their courses here at Murray State in which they are most interested.

Also, student could purchase a comic, CD, or book from the sale. There are many modern fiction books for students to enjoy, as well as classical CDs, vintage comics, old yearbooks and magazines. One student took a special interest in a 1967 Murray yearbook, specifically the senior class section.

“I wanted to see if I could find my dad in a yearbook.” Kristen Oakley, freshman from Murray, said. “I searched through several yearbooks until I found him. When I did, I rushed over, in tears, to buy it. And I’m really glad I did. It’s a good memory.”

Story by Hunter Harrell, Contributing writer.