Trade Books for Credit

Thank you for considering Western Sky Books to trade your used books for credit!

We choose used books on a book-by-book basis. We select books which are in excellent to very good used condition only. We will often take back used books you originally purchased from us as long as they are still in sellable condition (ie – not smoke or coffee damaged, chewed on by a toddler, etc) and were not marked “final sale.”

Unique among used bookstores, Western Sky Books offers our customers the option of a pick-up service – we will come to your home to pick up your used books, which saves you time and money!

To arrange for us to pick up used books from your home, please call 604-461-5602 or email us at

Please call to arrange for us to pick up your books from home, or bring your books to the store yourself. You can bring your books at any time, though we prefer after 3pm on weekdays and hope you don`t drop off on Wednesdays and Saturdays as we are in the community picking up books on those days. Please call ahead to see if we are available to look at your books if you choose to bring them in to the store yourself.

We look at small amounts of books immediately (especially if you have called ahead to let us know you are coming.) If you have large amounts of books, you usually leave them for us go through.  Depending on how busy we are and the number of boxes of books you brought in to us, it can take up to two days for us to look at your books in-store, but most will be looked at within 24 hours.

If you are offering an estate collection or a large personal library of books please contact us at 604-417-7215 to arrange an appointment, and we will come to you.

We do not store books we do not choose to sell for more than 48 hours after we contact you to pick them up. We ask that you pick up books within that timeframe.

Customers receive $.25 – $1.00 credit per book we choose to take for sale. The credit you receive depends on condition, age, cover price, and demand. Collections, special editions, and books which are within their first year of publication will be examined and considered for more credit. Please be sure to point out any books you feel fit in these categories.

Credit is applied to 50% of each used book purchase.  Credit has no cash value.

New merchandise (gift wares, items which are not books) cannot be bought using credit.

$1 credit can be used towards the purchase of a new book, to a maximum of $5 credit (toward the purchase of 5 new books) in any purchase.

We do not offer cash payment for books at any time or under any circumstances.

A note about returns: books  and other items can be returned, with a receipt, within 7 days of purchase, as long as the item(s) to be returned is/are in the same/similar condition as when purchased, still has our sticker, etc. After 7 days, books can be handed in for credit at the usual assessed amounts.