Seems to me with many if not most churches experiencing budget cuts, there is a greater need than ever for church librarians to be in the know about sources of free and cheap materials to add to their collections.One of my favorites is a website called I have probably added around seventy titles to my library using the service of this very well administered book swap site. There are companion sites for CDs and DVDs as well. For the cost of mailing a book, a credit allows you to choose a book from the club database and even to create a wish list. Check it out!Although I am aware of a few other places to obtain free and cheap titles, I wonder if others of you have had success, and where?

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  • I just found which apparently is similar to I'll need to try as well. 


    Like Janet, I'm also interested in where others have found great sources for DVDs & CDs.

    I'm finding a lot of practical help from all the posters here.  


  • What about a source for reasonable Audio CD's and DVD's?

    • Janet - after posting, I tried & noticed that you can also search for DVDs & Music. Hope this helps you some.

  • There's a good website where you put in the book title or ISBN and it'll search over 60 bookstores and lets you compare prices all in one search. Books a Million has tables with heavily discounted Christian fiction. I've also found some very good deals on eBay,, (a sponsor of this site), and Goodwill Bookstores.

    • Thanks for your post! I was not familiar with, but have bought books at Goodwill.

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    • I have a very small library budget and finding quality books at a price I can afford is difficult.  Here is one thing I do:  I browse catalogs, Lifeway shelves, etc. and fix on titles I want to buy.  My first go-to site is "".  Here I get the same books (gently used) for as little as $.75 plus shipping.  Shipping is usually around $3.50 but this is still cheaper than paying shelf price for books

      midge wilson

      • Thanks, Midge!  I have not used but know others who have. 

  • Have you ever checked Abe Books?  Their books are new, or used, but like new. They are rated. If I have an older book out of print that is missing from a collection I have often found it there real cheap. I only buy the "like new" ones. Sometimes the books are free shipping, other times the book price may be pennies, with very minimal shipping. Have had good luck with them.

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