Thursday, May 15, 2008

Book Values

Patrons often ask reference staff if the library could help them determine the value of old books (especially old family bibles, etc.). Unfortunately, the FCPL does not have the staff or expertise to provide book appraisals. Instead, we recommend that you check the following sources for information.

Directories

Look under the following headings in telephone directories (online and paper versions) for rare book dealers and appraisers in your area:

  • Books - Rare
  • Books - Used
  • Book Dealers - Used and Rare

NOTE: FCPL subscribes to Reference USA, a database of 14 million U.S. businesses. You can limit your search by the yellow page headings and SIC codes that apply to rare book dealers and appraisers. The database is available in all three branches of FCPL.

You can also search the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America National Directory.

Online Guides

Resources @ the Library

Web Sites

Search these websites of used, out-of-print and rare book dealers to locate the book(s) you own or want, compare conditions and prices, and locate possible buyers and sellers.