Know Before You Go
Be sure to bring some old books along when you go. You put them on the table, and they are quickly and thoroughly evaluated one at a time, by one of several keen-eyed experts, who assigns each one a value. It's actually pretty fun, because it's not always clear what his criteria are, and the values can be unexpected sometimes. Some, he sets aside unimpressed, offering pennies, some with a satisfied nod, are assigned slightly larger amounts, and once in a while, a raised eyebrow or a pleased smile, with values to match. The reckoning complete, you're given a slip of paper showing the total.
The Book Barn is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Book Barn website identifies which subjects are located where. At the Main Barn, be sure to consult the map at the entrance and grab a wagon to avoid carrying armfuls of books. It is easy to spend more time here than originally anticipated.
Condensed versions of the main location can be found at the Midtown Shop, at 291 Main Street, the Downtown Shop, at 269 Main Street, and the Store 4, at 55 West Main Street. Its two sister locations, Book Barn 4 3/4 and Book Barn 4 7/8, are located right next to the Book Barn 4. Be sure to visit the Book Barn website to check which subjects are located where, if you're seeking something in particular.