What Happens to the Deselected Books?

What Happens to the Deselected Books?
Jenny James Lee
May 7, 2014

Last month we talked about collection management and the need for deselecting, or weeding, and it might cause you to wonder what happens to all of the weeded items? Items removed from the collection are given to Better World Books, an organization that allows libraries to sell items online or donate them to other organizations.

As of July 2013 the Libraries donated nearly 780 books to Better World Books, of which 576 were recycled and 203 were reused by another organization or individual. Better World Books estimates that the Libraries’ donation saved 12 trees, 5,995 gallons of water, 1,651 pounds of greenhouse gases, a cubic yard in landfill space or 2,549 kilowatts of electricity.

Founded in 2002 by three friends from the University of Notre Dame, Better World Books’ mission is to promote literacy. The company sells new book titles, supports book drives and collects used books from over 2,300 college campuses and 3,000 libraries nationwide. The organization has partner programs around the world that receive donated materials and in total they’ve diverted more than 73,000 tons of books from landfills while raising over $15 million in funding for literacy and education. For more information, visit betterworldbooks.com.