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Annual Book Sale

The Courtauld Book Sale


The annual Book Sale is a much-anticipated and iconic event in the Courtauld calendar. The sale has had immense success in previous years, offering thousands of books at amazing prices with all proceeds (over £115,000 since its inception) going to support The Courtauld. The 2017 Book Sale alone earned over £15,000!


Due to the ongoing renovations as part of our major Courtauld Connects project, we had to rethink the usual format of the Book Sale this year. We are now planning the event for early spring 2019, when everyone is settled into our temporary new premises, Vernon Square, in the vibrant King’s Cross area.
Instead of seeing this postponement as a set-back, we see it as an interesting opportunity to make this next Book Sale an exciting, newly-invigorated event – which will serve as both an inaugural ‘Welcome to Vernon Square’ and also an opportunity to open our doors to the creative local community around King’s Cross. This will be discussed further over the coming months.
In the meantime, we very much welcome your book donations and you can drop them off at the Institute reception until Friday 2 December . Due to the de-camp we will already have a large number of books from academic staff and the library, so please therefore be considered in what you donate to us this year. If possible, please only donate high-quality art books, so that we can avoid creating extra work for our wonderful team of volunteers.

We will let you know the final date of the Book Sale soon. Many thanks for your patience with this postponement, and we look forward to seeing you at Vernon Square in the spring! 

For all enquiries please email

We are always looking for new volunteers to join our enthusiastic Book Sale volunteer team. If you would like to take part in the 2019 sale, please email us – we would love to hear from you!

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