Used Books Buying Info

Flyleaf Books Used Book Trading Guidelines

We give store credit or half the credit amount in cash.  You can spend the credit right away or we can write it up on a credit slip for you. There is no expiration date for the credit.

We are happy to take a look at what you have. If you're bringing in tons, come ask us to take a look at the books in your car (staff allowing) so you don’t have to lug them all in.  Or, you can bring some samples in and we can tell you what we think.

TIME: Best times are before 6pm on weekdays, but usually if you avoid lunchtime (12-2pm) or when we’re starting up an event (often 7pm weekdays, check our calendar at, we can help you right away. We are open 9am-9pm Mon-Sat, 11am-6pm Sunday. Again, check the website for seasonal hours.


  • We are primarily interested in paperback fiction, memoir and biography in good condition
  • We take hardcovers of popular new books only (published within the last 3 months)
  • We take all genres of gently used children’s books
  • We will look at but take fewer popular paperback non-fiction genres like business, regional, travel, and cooking
  • We do not take textbooks, rare books, or more dated/less popular nonfiction genres

We aren’t able to take books that are water damaged, underlined, more than gently worn, or have smoke, mold, pet or other odors.  

We don’t buy rare books or textbooks. Best bet for any rare books would be Wentworth & Leggett in Durham and UNC Student Stores/Bull’s Head Bookshop for textbooks.


You can donate children’s and young adult books to Book Harvest, and we have a drop-off bin here at Flyleaf. You can also donate any books to PTA Thrift Shop in Carrboro or Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library shop in Chapel Hill. All of these locations can give you a tax receipt.