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What to do with unused books?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by civaddict098, Aug 27, 2009.

  1. civaddict098

    civaddict098 Prince

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    My high school recently did minor renovations to our library. In doing so they made all shelving half height and removed a couple hundred books from the shelves. The books are all fairly old and had rarely been checked out. The school's plan is to recycle them, as in recycle the paper. Something deep inside me says this is wrong. Are there places these could be donated to, or somehow used for a better purpose!? I would love suggestions.
     
  2. Nylan

    Nylan Characters Welcome

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    You can donate directly to a public library. It's also possible (but less likely) that some local charity or shelter would be willing to take them, so call around and (as always) search the internet for possible organizations.

    Or, you know, you could just give them to me. ;)
     
  3. warpus

    warpus In pork I trust

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    We have Goodwill bookstores around here; I'm not sure if you have them in the U.S. or not - but something like that must exist.

    It's basically a book-themed thrift store; you could donate the books to them.. I'm sure they'd take it all.
     
  4. Kerozine

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    Have a bonfire. :devil:
     
  5. Masquerouge

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    Yeah I have used bookstores near where I live. Either that or donating them to a public library.
     
  6. Adria

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    They can definitely be donated somewhere. Here, the local newspaper has a huge annual book drive followed by a book sale for charity. See if there are similar fundraisers around, or donate to another library or to a second-hand store.
     
  7. Munch

    Munch Benevolent Despot

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    Surely some charity shop will take them off you? Or at least, they would know places that would happily have the books. I'd be surprised if there wasn't some system similar to one for old clothes, where they are sent as (or similar to) aid, to wherever they might be needed.
     
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    Find another library to give them away to.
    Post some postings on craigslist for free books.
     
  10. Atticus

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    Or if no library takes them, put in the lobby with a label "take for free".

    Even books that are seldom borrowed can be valuable*. I have couple of books on special fields that would cost something like 50-100 euros bought from bookstores, but which I bought for a euro or less at the library. They're almost as new even though they are 20-30 years old. People just have preferred other books when reading about theses subjects, and not necessarily because they would be better, but because they are more well known.


    *)By valuable I mean mostly that they have value in use.
     
  11. Formaldehyde

    Formaldehyde Both Fair And Balanced

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    Wow. Why don't they install a bookcase for oversized books?
     
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    Cutlass The Man Who Wasn't There.

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    downtown Crafternoon Delight

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    Send them to a high school in the Recovery School District, New Orleans. School libraries were destroyed by the flood 4 years ago and have not been rebuilt.
     
  14. Perfection

    Perfection The Great Head.

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    Burn them along with the rest of the school. Wikipedia has made learning obsolete.
     
  15. FriendlyFire

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    Donate them to local charity
     
  16. Shylock

    Shylock Hey smiling strange

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    Get anything good from the pile for yourself. You'll probably have your pick of the litter since nobody reads in HS anymore.
     
  17. GinandTonic

    GinandTonic Saphire w/ Schweps + Lime

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    Charity shop. Everybody wins with charity shops.
     
  18. Cheezy the Wiz

    Cheezy the Wiz Socialist In A Hurry

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    I think the problem is shelf space, not shelf spacing.
     
  19. Formaldehyde

    Formaldehyde Both Fair And Balanced

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    I find it rather hard to believe they could be so short of space that they can't manage to put in a few more bookcases someplace. And what are they going to do with new books? Throw older ones away from now on?
     
  20. Cheezy the Wiz

    Cheezy the Wiz Socialist In A Hurry

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    I have no clue.

    Or maybe the two coincided: they were renovating their bookshelves, so they got rid of books they had long-planned on being done with when they had to move stuff around anyway. They probably had to reorganize everything, so that's the time to do it. They may have plenty of shelf space yet.
     

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