Frequently Asked Questions

What is Chapter Two Books?

Chapter Two Books is a non profit, used bookstore located in Williamstown, Massachusetts – in the heart of the Northern Berkshires.   We offer Lightly, Slightly Used books and media items at our store, all to benefit our town library.  We are excited to offer customers interesting, fun, and noteworthy books while also offering a place for friends and neighbors to meet by happy chance.

Who runs Chapter Two Books?

The non-profit Friends of the Milne Public Library (the “Friends”) and its volunteers run and staff Chapter Two Books and its related Friends Book Donation Center at the town library.

How are Chapter Two Books proceeds used?

Proceeds earned by the bookstore are used by the Friends to support the town library’s initiatives and programs.  For more information about the Friends and their programs, please visit www.milnelibraryfriends.org .

What kind of books do you sell?

We sell Lightly, Slightly Used Books and media items.  In particular, we are committed to offering customers a wide selection of used books that are in excellent condition.  Special and rare books will also be curated and available for purchase.  You can expect to find recent releases (both fiction and non fiction), books by local authors, books for children and young readers, a varied collection of vintage books for collectors and artists, and in-demand titles across the full range of fiction and non fiction genres.

Do you sell anything other than books?

We hope to carry a small selection of non-book items highlighting our creative community.

When are you open?

Our retail store is open 7 days a week!  Also, our Friends Book Donation Center located in the Milne Public Library accepts donations Monday through Saturday during regular library hours.  Please visit www.milnelibrary.org for up-to-date library hours.

Where are you located?

Our retail store is located in Williamstown’s main business district at 37 Spring Street.  Our Friends Book Donation Center is located inside the Milne Public Library at 1095 Main Street, Williamstown. 

Will there still be an annual spring book sale?

While we are not planning to continue our large April used book sale in the Williamstown Elementary School gymnasium, we will have books available for sale all year long at Chapter Two Books.  We also plan to host various “pop-up” sales in the Friends Book Donation Center at the library during the year.  The pop-up, overstock and specialty sales will be a picker’s delight!  While the annual April used book sale was a wonderful community building tradition, we hope to encourage a continued sense of community by offering meaningful opportunities year-round for local volunteers and bibliophiles in our retail store and also at our in-library sales. 

How can I get involved?

There are so many ways to get involved!  For example, you can donate your used books and media items at our Friends Book Donation Center.   Also, you can volunteer your time at Chapter Two Books, in the Friends Book Donation Center, or behind the scenes.   For information on how to support programming and other library initiatives directly through the Friends, please visit www.milnelibraryfriends.org

Can I donate my books and other media to Chapter Two Books?

Yes!  You can bring your donations in bags or small boxes to our Friends Book Donation Center located in Williamstown’s Milne Public Library at 1095 Main Street.  We accept donations during the Library’s business hours.  For updated hours please visit www.milnelibrary.org.  If you need help transporting your donations, please contact us at 413-884-4119.

Can I drop off my donations at Chapter Two Books on Spring Street?

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate donations brought to the Chapter Two Books retail space.  We kindly ask that you bring your donations directly to our Friends Book Donation Center conveniently located in Williamstown’s Milne Public Library at 1095 Main Street.

What kinds of donations do you accept?

We accept fiction and non fiction books, CDs and DVDs as well as specialty books such as art, cooking, and gardening.  We welcome rare or unusual books, children’s books and classic literature, and games and puzzles in good condition.  We cannot accept books in poor condition (e.g., dirty, moldy, torn, missing pages, excessively written in or underlined), nor do we accept magazines, brochures, encyclopedias, textbooks, class notes, outdated academic and reference books, VHS tapes or cassette tapes. A good rule of thumb is to donate books and media items that you would consider buying.

Will my donations be tax deductible?

All donations will be tax deductible because Chapter Two Books and the associated Friends Book Donation Center are a part of the Friends of the David and Joyce Milne Public Library, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  If you need a receipt for your donation, please pick up a form from the envelope next to our donation area in the back of the Milne Public Library.  Fill it out and keep it for your own records.  It does not need to be signed by a Friends Board member, a library staff member, or a staff member of Chapter Two Books or the Book Donation Center.

What kinds of volunteers do you need?

If you have time or a special talent, we have a role for you!  We rely on volunteers to staff the retail store as well as our Friends Book Donation Center.  We also rely on volunteers to oversee store finances, create marketing materials, plan and staff special events, and we are always looking for web-savvy individuals who can help us stay connected.  Because we value our volunteers and seek to cultivate a strong volunteer community, as a volunteer you will have the opportunity to participate in various special events.  For more information on volunteer opportunities, please complete the form located here and we will be in touch as soon as possible. 

How can I become a Friends member?

We encourage all of our volunteers to join the Friends.  Annual dues pay for non-operational expenses not covered by town, state, or Trustee funding.  Membership is easy.  Just fill out the form, choose an annual dues level, and become a Friend!  Please visit https://milnelibraryfriends.org/membership/ to complete the process.  Thank you in advance for your support.