Trade Credit Policy

Where do our used books come from?

You! Our fantastic customers. Old Firehouse Books carries both new and used books not only to provide a larger selection of books for our customers but to provide some of the best deals to our customers as well. When you bring in your gently used books, the deals get even better! 

How it works:

For every book we take into the store, the customer receives 1/4 of the cover price in trade credit. Our trade credit works like a discount program. When you make a purchase after trading in books, credit will automatically deduct from your account, giving you 10% off new books and an additional 50% off used books. You will always pay something, but you will also save as long as you have enough trade credit. Trade credit can be applied to any item in our store, not just books! 

Please keep in mind: We are not a donation center. Space in our store is very limited. If you have several boxes of books that we are unlikely to take into the store, we ask that you deliver them to the Poudre River Friends of the Library or another organization that specifically takes books for donations. 

What we take:

We are looking for gently used books. This means:

-No magazines
-No books with water damage
-No books with torn or grimy covers or missing dust jackets
-No smelly or hairy books
-No books with broken spines
-No books with marking or highlighting inside 

We prefer paperback books and rarely take hardcover books. We do not take textbooks. We are very picky about what we take. We will check books against our current inventory and check the book's sales history in our store. We do not take very niche books or books that are dated. Books are also under the scrutiny of our staff. If we don't have the readership for a book we wont take it in. 

When we take trade books:

Our trade hours are:

Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 12pm - 4pm

Please limit yourself to two moderately-sized boxes per visit unless you have made an appointment. 

What we do with books we don't take:

Any books we don't take into the store we donate. We currently give our donation books to the Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department and occasionally the Friends of the Poudre River Public Library. Please let us know if you would like us to donate the books we don't take or if you would like them back. Books that are left at our store for over 12 hours will be donated. 

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us.

Phone: (970)484-7898

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Old Firehouse Books

232 Walnut Street Old Town Fort Collins, CO 80524 


Store Hours

Monday - Thursday 9:00am to 8:00pm, Friday & Saturday 9:00am to 9:00pm & Sunday 9:00am to 6:00pm 

Trade Desk Hours 

Monday - Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm & Sunday - 12:00pm to 4:00pm