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Second-hand Books

The library will consider donations of items that are within our collection policy, in other words – the sort of material we would normally buy. They need to be in good condition, by an author or on a topic that is popular, or of local history relevance.

Here are some suggestions for what else you can do with your pre-loved items (click the links for more information): 

Donations:

Bookshops:

Book fairs:

 

Ways of disposal:

  • Magazines: no need to remove anything from inside, such as staples, cardstock ads or even perfume samples. You can also leave the cover and binding.
    If the magazine came in a plastic bag, you will want to remove and recycle this separately.
  • Paperback books: recycle the book whole, including the binding.
  • Hardcover books: remove the cover because it has non-paper components.

If either your books or magazines have been wet or the paper has turned tan or brown, they should be thrown away with your household trash, as there is no recycling market for this material.