What does the library do with donated books?
September 23, 2010 8:21 AM Subscribe
I like to donate my spare books to the library. They always take them. Am I helping them?
posted by musofire to Education (21 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm pretty ruthless about getting rid of books I don't think I'll read again. I buy a few dozen books a year but I tend to go through my shelves every few months and try to take a knapsackful to the library.
The library always takes them cheerfully.
But I wonder what they do with them? They probably don't put all of them into circulation. Do they sell them? Do they pass them on to the Salvation Army?
(The library I go to is the Bibliotheque Nationale in Montreal, but I'm asking in general for all the times I've brought boughts into public libraries in New York and California too.)