Thousands of low-priced books, CDs and vinyl records will fill the 24-hour Study Room at Davidson Library this morning, as the Friends of the UC Santa Barbara Libraries hosts the first of six book sales.

The sale items will range in price from 50 cents to a few dollars, said Library Development Assistant Aubrey Spilde. She said Friends of the UC Santa Barbara Libraries – a group comprised of students, faculty and 11 different suppliers – contributed the items to the sale, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

In the past, book sales have raised nearly $1,500 at each event, Spilde said. The money raised from the book sales goes toward the acquisition of unique library purchases used to assist in campus research and instruction, said Associate University Librarian for Information and Research Services Marilyn Moody.

“Just recently, we were able to purchase a number of books about early Japanese printing using these funds,” Moody said.

Most paperback books will be sold for 50 cents and most hardcover books will sell for a few dollars, Spilde said. There will be five more Friends of the UC Santa Barbara Libraries book sales throughout the school year, tentatively slated for Nov. 16, Jan. 18, Feb. 15, April 19 and May 17.

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