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How Much Is My Old Book Worth?

Ever wonder how much your old books are worth? The Humanities Department has resources to help you find out. Here are some ideas for how to look up your items. Remember, if this is not enough information, your local library will be more than happy to help you.

Old Book Stack

Web Sites

Used and rare bookseller Web sites that bring together sellers’ prices:

Addall - Click on the Used Books tab at the top and fill out the form; use Keyword for publisher and date

The Advanced Book Exchange - Fill out the form on the top page.

Bookfinder - Fill out the advanced option form

ComicPriceGuide - Register free to see prices.

Remember - Prices you find on bookseller Web sites include the dealer’s markup. They will charge the buyer more than they will offer the seller!

Other helpful Web sites:

Determining Book Condition - A video with examples.

Your Old Books - lists questions and answers about book collecting

Firsts: The Book Collector’s Magazine - “The Fundamentals of Book Collecting,”

Internet Public Library - Many more links to follow!

Rare Books organizations:



Let’s get started!

 

You have your book in hand. First take note of this important information:

You have all your information noted and are ready to start your search!

Books about books!

Don’t forget that there are excellent paper resources as well!

Remember: While this information and the information that librarians can give you is helpful and valuable, to determine the true market value of a book, or any other collectible item, an appraisal may be necessary.

Ask Us

If you have an old book that you would like us to research, or if you have any other questions regarding old books, e-mail us through our Ask-A-Librarian service, or contact your local library. You can also mail your questions to:

Humanities Department
Enoch Pratt Free Library
State Library Resource Center
400 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

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