Used Book Trading Policies



Overloaded with books? (Of course there's no such thing as too many books!)

Running out of shelf space? Aunt Mabel left you boxes full?

Help is on the way. You can trade them in at Village Lights.


  • Store credit (sorry, no cash) will be issued in trade for your used books. The amount of credit issued will depend on format, condition, subject matter, availability, and salability. Please bear in mind that excessive wear will reduce the trade-in value of a book.


  • Trade credit can be used to pay for one-half (1/2) the cost of your USED BOOK purchase, e.g. used book purchase is $12.00; you pay $6.00 in store credit, the other half (1/2) of the used book purchase price being paid in cash/check/charge. This is necessary to maintain cash flow for store operation and survival.


  • Trade credit may not be “cashed out” at any time, and will expire after two (2) years of inactivity.


  • Trade credit cannot be used to purchase new, rare, collectible, antiquarian, or signed books.


  • Trade credit cannot be used for special orders.


  • Only books in "very good" or better condition will be accepted. Please bring in only books that are in clean, readable condition with covers, pages, and spines intact. Books must not be water-damaged or smell of cigarette smoke or cat pee. Heavy underlining/highlighting or marginalia are undesirable. Mold, spiders, bugs, pet hair, and dirt are simply unacceptable. We will not evaluate books that could pose a hazard to the health of our staff or the quality of our inventory.


  • We do not accept ex-library books (with the exception of some scholarly or rare titles), modern or series romances (e.g. Silhouette or Harlequin), textbooks, Reader’s Digest Condensed Books, encyclopedias, or outdated materials such as software manuals or travel guides.


  • Please put your name, phone number, and email address on each bag or box containing your books.


Please understand that we may not be able to use all of the books you bring in. We have limited space and strive to maintain the best, most up-to-date selection possible. Books that we are unable to use will be distributed to charities, prisons, and social service organizations in our region, or disposed of as we deem appropriate. If we find an item of exceptional rarity or worth among your submissions, we will notify you to discuss options. We ask that you promptly return our phone call/email. Items that are not retrieved within one month of such notification will become the property of Village Lights Bookstore unless other arrangements have been made.


~~~   Terms are subject to change. Please call if you have any questions.   ~~~