What Happens to Old Books?

Stack of old books

Old books are removed from the library collection to clear space for new purchases.  

If you have purchase suggestions, we invite you to submit them using the library purchase request form.

To maintain a fresh and relevant collection of materials, PCC subject librarians weed our collection on a regular basis, evaluating titles for condition, appropriateness, audience level and availability of updated editions or scholarship.  We weed one campus every term, and evaluation is a continuous process.

What does the library do with books and other items it retires from service?

Since many of these titles may be of interest to others, discards and unwanted donations are offered to Summit partners (37 Pacific Northwest academic libraries) and other statewide libraries. The library also contracts with Better World Books, an organization that sells used books online and donates a portion of the proceeds to literacy programs worldwide. The company even pays for shipping materials and related costs. We use our commission to fund the Friends of the Library scholarship fund..

The library makes every attempt to conserve resources and follow sustainable practices. By sharing our discarded materials and using a service like Better World Books, we save recycling costs and make needed resources available.

Just in case you were wondering, the library is prohibited by law to give discarded materials to individuals.