Northern Illinois University

NIU Office of Public Affairs

News Release

Contact: Tom Parisi, NIU Office of Public Affairs
(815) 753-3635

April 15, 2008

Friends of NIU Libraries will help determine
what your rare book is worth

DeKalb, Ill. — The Friends of the NIU Libraries invites the public to attend its second annual Book Appraisal Fair.

The event is open to the public and will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 4, in the Heritage Room of the Holmes Student Center.

Members of the Friends of NIU Libraries will receive their first three books appraised free of charge and additional appraisals at a rate of $5 each. Appraisals for non-members will cost $10.

“We will gladly accept new members that day for non-members who wish to take advantage of the ‘member rate' for appraisals,” said Lynne Thomas, faculty liaison to the Friends of NIU Libraries and head of Rare Books and Special Collections.

Thomas Joyce of Thomas J. Joyce & Company and the Chicago Rare Book Center, who has also appeared on HGTV's “Appraisal Fair,” and Bill Butts of Main Street Fine Books in Galena, will serve as book appraisers. Joyce specializes in printed books, and Butts has extensive experience in appraising autographs and other ephemeral materials.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Friends of the NIU Libraries. More information about the Friends can be found online at

Free parking is available at NIU on weekends in most campus parking areas. A campus map is available online at For more information on the book fair, call (815) 753-8091.