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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - They're dusting off the old, and organizing the new. VCU libraries have almost 30,000 books they need to get rid of. 

"We have weird manuals from the 1920's, we have cooking, children's books, textbooks, fiction, and non-fiction," said VCU Library Asst. Director of Development Antonia Vassar. 

The Friends of the Library board as well as student volunteers have stocked these shelves for days in anticipation of the weeklong event. 

"Bathrooms, heating and cooling, weatherproofing, all sorts of things," said Vassar. 

These tax-deductible goods are donated to the libraries all year. Some can be added to their collection, some can't. So they sell the extras to raise money for the library and at the same time offer the public a deal too good to be true. 

"Books that you'd get at new at the book store for 20 dollars, you can get it for a dollar here," Vassar said. 

Softcovers are one dollar, hardcovers are $2, and there's no limit to how many books you can buy. 

"As inexpensive as the materials are at the beginning of the sale they'll be even cheaper Thursday and Friday," Vassar stated. 

That's when you will get 50% off the already low price. They have art books, textbooks, foreign language books, and it's not just reading material. There are records. They have DVD's and VHS's tapes for $2. Sheet music is 50 cents each for the small individual ones and two dollars for the large compilation books. 

And they say if you go once, you'll be hooked. 

"If people come one year, they're gonna be back the next year. I bring books in to get rid of my books, but I leave with just as many as I brought in," said Janice McMurray with Friends of the Library. 

The sale opens to the public Monday, October 25th starting at noon in the basement of Cabell Library and continues throughout the week. The library suggests bringing bags or boxes if you plan on making a big purchase. 

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