What does your local library do with old books?

books - What does your local library do with old books?
@ronaldinu (12445)
Malta
January 26, 2009 8:46am CST
Our school has some boxes of old textbooks which some of them are new or in good condition that has become obsolete for the syllabus purposes. However there are some readers which are good books. The school librarians have sent a note to all teachers and students to come and pick the books that find suitable for them. What does your local library do with old books? (c) ronaldinu 2009 - the more people I meet-the more I love my dog
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• United States
28 Jan 09
Well our local town library usually sells old books for a small fee. They are beat up from being rented by numorous people but they can still be read. My old college used to set up racks just inside the doors of the library with books and magazines they wanted to get rid of and those were free.
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• Philippines
22 Nov 09
Hi there ronaldinu! I really do not know what the local library does with the old books nowadays. However, I remember that in the past, I heard that the local library donates the old books to some communities that would need them. I don't think they are sold but of course I am not sure about that. Now that you have started this discussion, I think it would be interesting to find out what our local library does with all those old books under their care.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
9 Mar 09
To be honest I have no idea what my two nearby libraries do with out-dated books. They used to have book sales which I loved and got great bargains, like a hardcover book for only $1.00 or $2.00. It never bothered me that maybe the books were old as some I found rare first editions (dating from the early 1900s) that otherwise would be very expensive to a book collector buying them in those rare book places. Anyway, the libraries have stopped their book sales, so my feeling is that they just throw them out..a shame when you think of it.
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• Singapore
27 Jan 09
Hi Ronald, With old books, the local libraries hold annual book sales when they sell them off relatively cheap - like $1, $2, $5, etc. It is usually a crowded affair and I do pop by when I can make it. Everything is dumped everywhere so it is quite a bit of luck to grab something you want.
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@shamzy18 (2319)
27 Jan 09
Erm i dont think our libraries do anything not the local libraries anyway. i remember at school they use to sell them to raise charity. But apart from that other libraries like college or university do not sell them or the local library so that sort of thing i think they just keep them until there not useable for anyone.
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• United States
27 Jan 09
WE have a library that close where i live, i used to go there most of my spare time reading books, but i dont know exactly what they do to thier old books, i have no idea, but its nice when they give it to school or stay the library because a lot of people coming and read the books.
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@caver1 (1765)
• United States
27 Jan 09
Our library system has a book sale a couple of times a year. This gets books to people who want them and raises some money for the library. Husband and son went to the last one and bought a few books.
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@AmbiePam (49053)
• United States
26 Jan 09
My local library sells them. They put them out as one comes into the main part of the library, and everyone can look through them and buy as many as they want. I've gone to the sale before, but I didn't find anything. I think any of the ones left go to Goodwill.
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@moondancer (7434)
• United States
26 Jan 09
They have a table sale and put them up for the public to buy for a paltry price. It's nice because instead of having to check them out or paying a huge price for getting them otherwise. I love books and being able to get them for a much less or cheaper price.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
26 Jan 09
They have a book sale at greatly reduced prices. If they cannot get rid of them, they donate them to Old Age homes and institutions where the patients want something to read. Now our Christian school has a library and that is what they do with them, but they also send books overseas to the Missions so that the children there can have practice learning English.
@cyberfluf (5005)
• Netherlands
26 Jan 09
Our local library puts old books and also old cd's up for sale. Prices range between 50 eurocents and 4 euros depending how good the book or cd looks and how new it is. I don't know what happens to the books that don't get sold though. Perhaps they donate them to charity or they throw them away. I do know that the benefits of the sale of the old books is used to buy new additions to the library.
@ronaldinu (12445)
• Malta
27 Jan 09
Thanks for your feedback. That's a good idea to buy new books, making themselves self sufficient/
@shaggin (36845)
• United States
25 Feb 11
Our library used to always have a box of free books by the door but the past few years they have two big tables set up by the window that they have books for sale on. They never give out free books anymore they just throw them away. I think they think that if they give out free books that people will just take the free books and not buy any of the books that are for sale. I dont buy the books for sale anyway because I have so many books buying more would be insane but I think that people will still want to buy the books that are for sale because of certain authors they are interested in etc.
@Humbug25 (12551)
28 Jan 09
Hi ya ronaldinu My local library usually hold a sale at really low prices of the books that are still in reasonable condition. As for the ones that aren't, I don't have a clue. One of my son's schools recently were taking a collection of unwanted books from families so that the children could mend any broken ones and then they sent them off to Sierra Leone.
• United States
27 Jan 09
I don't know about the schools but one of my local library takes donations.They have a gi annual book sale.From Thursday to Sunday , there is a huge booksale.
@savypat (20246)
• United States
27 Jan 09
I don't know and i am active in the library support group. Maybe they feed them to goats, we have a lot of those around here or maybe they are used for the big fire the city has each autumn. I'll ask, thanks for the question
@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
27 Jan 09
The school has a book sale and sells them. The local library does the same thing OR donates them to the hospital for people there.
@violeta_va (4834)
• Australia
27 Jan 09
All of the libraries around my house sell books all the time. The one that I go a lot to has a special place for books they no longer need that you can buy every time you go and they are very cheap. Also they have huge sales few times a year where they sell the books for 50c up to $5 (but I have never seen a book for $5) 99% of the books go for a $1 or 50c (australian). With the money they get they buy new books.
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
27 Jan 09
the gave to them to underprivileged children if I can remember correctly
@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
27 Jan 09
i know they have a book sale a couple of times a year but other than that i don't know.
@littleowl (7157)
26 Jan 09
My library actually will sell the book you want if they have about two in, so my guess that is how they keep their turnover from old to new? littleowl