University libraries usually accept book donations

Donate or throw away books?

  • Hello,

    we are currently busy "mucking out" and of course came across a number of boxes of books.
    Especially with children's books and youth novels, due to a number of spelling reforms, I am already doubtful whether they should still be passed on, but with numerous other novels and paperbacks I don't really know what to do with them.
    Selling and shipping is basically not profitable and I don't really want to throw it away either.

    Does anyone know of organizations where you can hand in books?

    Kind regards

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    In libraries there are always boxes from which you can take books for free. Maybe you can have a look there. Or maybe even schools?

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  • Hello Frank!

    I don't know where you live, but if the books are still in good condition, the nearest library will certainly be happy to receive a book donation. To throw away (even the children's books) are always a shame!

  • I also think that most books are certainly too good to throw away.

    Some old people's or children's homes here like to accept books, including flea markets.

    Or try selling too. Some like to buy inexpensive books.

    Verba volant, scripta manent.

  • so hand in books in the library ........ i had a very bad experience. Before my first move about 7 years ago, I sorted out a whole bunch of books and asked in the library if you would like them. a sullen "yes" was the answer. So all the boxes were stacked in the car, everything was dragged in myself and not even received a "thank you". I was very disappointed. much more you got the feeling that you would be annoying and only cause work.
    I had hoped that maybe a little thank you letter would come later, but nothing and that although the people there knew me very well, I was there very often, it was almost my second home. found the reaction a shame, especially since it was in the conversation that the library should be closed because there was no more money.
    since then i vowed never to give books to a library again. I prefer to hand it over to an older, nice lady who sells it for a few euros and thus earns something in addition to her pension. With her, the books cost "thick" from 0.50 - 2.50 euros, she hardly ever takes more unless the books are in very good condition, and very often she even gives away a small book to small children.
    I can be happy with her if I can bring her a whole stack of discarded books and she even reads many of them beforehand before she sells them, and she is very grateful for that.

    but the idea of ​​old people's homes etc. is also very good.

  • Sounds difficult like the reaction of our library ...
    I probably accidentally opened a little thread chaos here, please don't reply to the other posts, I'll try to delete them again ...


  • @ sweet mouse: libraries get hundreds of books over the course of a year; per week - at least in our library - about 1 customer comes with a box. When there is a lack of space or understaffed staff, there is not always joy.

    Sometimes libraries receive entire estates from the deceased, sometimes the books look as if they had been used as wrapping paper for sausage, sometimes pages are missing, etc. . exchanged for the existing one or sold in the flea market or added to waste paper)

    Of course, a reaction like the one you've experienced is disappointing. But if you look at the other side, maybe you can understand it a little better.

    And then there is always or Of course, it only works if you don't have to get rid of the books immediately and all at once.


    Books are also food (Martin Walser)

    If you have a garden and a library, you won't be wanting for anything. (Cicero)

  • I'm always very hard-working at Buchticket.

    Of course, it is clear to me that it means a lot of work for the employees of the bookshop. but when a library is about to close because there is no more money for new purchases, so the number of members has also declined, etc. then you think you are doing something good for them. In addition, you could have refused if you couldn't use the books. They also regularly held a book market, so the books could have been sold there. If I had known about the reaction beforehand, I would have put myself on the flea market for a day and, in an emergency, handed a book to everyone, i.e. given it away.
    as I said you wanted to do something good and for that you get a kick in the a ****

    besides, i don't seem to be alone with the experience, if the books25's comment was correctly understood they weren't exactly nice to him either.

  • I just asked in the university library whether they would accept book donations from the fields of sociology, politics and psychology because I have some things at home that I no longer need. The books are all in mint condition and bought between 2000 and 2004, so they are also quite up-to-date.
    Unfortunately I had the same experience as sweet mouse. I felt like I wanted something from them. Completely unpleasant and annoying. Now I've been told that I can bring them over. As if it were a burden ... The universities hardly have any money anyway. They should be happy, right?

  • The possibilities are many;) As long as the books are still in reasonably good condition, I consider it a shame to throw them away.
    Of course, it also depends a little on where you live.
    Animal welfare associations often also like to take books to sell, hospital libraries, church libraries (both of which are partly also for sale).
    In Hamburg (probably in other cities too, but I know for sure from Hamburg) there is an antiquarian bookshop that is run by (and for the benefit of) homeless people, who are also happy about book donations.
    Various children's / foreign aid organizations also occasionally organize book flea markets, for which book donations are welcome.
    Inquire at schools whether there is interest in donating books for the school library, women's shelters are also happy (of course it depends a bit on what kind of books it is).
    In some cities there are also book exchange boxes where you can bring books you no longer want (and - if you are interested - take others with you).

    Otherwise there is of course bookcrossing - i.e. registering and releasing books (if registering is too much work for you, there are usually people who take the books from you;))
    Or an advertisement in the cheese sheet that you have books to give away.
    Or at the book club that you have to hand in books for postage;) (The titles would of course be quite good for that, but you would know that the books also come into loving hands ...)

  • I have had two different experiences with this topic:
    The city library reacted similarly ("You can bring them over here" - help, work is imminent!), The small (Catholic) district library has thanked you several times and within a week (!!) posted 10 current books and another 20 -25 followed that week. The other 20 or so have been distributed among the employees (after consulting whether they are allowed to do so!).
    I liked that very much!
    best regards

    The path is difficult, even if it were paved with books. (HK)

  • @ börsenblatt:

    In our small, Catholic village library, my parents and I had the same experience. Back then they were very grateful for the many books and audio drama cassettes that we brought them. That's why I've always assumed that in times of scarce public funds it is the case in all libraries and libraries, but unfortunately that is probably not the case * shake head *

  • Without wanting to defend the libraries now: but they don't know us. And when I think about how some people walk around with books, how dirty and unsavory some are, then I can understand a bit the negative attitude. They are probably afraid of getting some dingy specimens delivered and then having to dispose of them.

    Verba volant, scripta manent.

  • @ Lancelot: That I think is the whole point. A friend of mine works in a public library. She recently told me that she had to work overtime (unpaid, of course) every day for over a week in front of the big library flea market to sort through boxes of books (according to the system I described above) and that she was often disgusted and had the disinfectant spray next to him.

    If you then consider that for every 20-30 books there is one thing that can be included in the inventory (and our library is relatively small), the argument of empty coffers is no longer so valid. The flea market earns a few euros, but only because the employees do voluntary overtime.

    I also bring books to the library, but first I check the catalog to see if they are already in stock. Only if not are they beneficial to the library.


    Books are also food (Martin Walser)

    If you have a garden and a library, you won't be wanting for anything. (Cicero)

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    Original from Lancelot

    In our home, some old people [...] like to accept books.

    Right! Last week my mother and I handed over a whole box with about 30-35 books to the old people's home in our village. They were very happy and they also did something good.

    "Tradition is a lantern, the stupid clings to it, the clever it lights the way."
    George Bernard Shaw (07/26/1856 - 11/02/1950)

  • I have a few books for children and young people here that I no longer need.
    Now, of course, I am looking for ways to submit it. Of course, I really like the idea of ​​taking them to an animal shelter and selling them at a flea market.
    I'll ask about it tomorrow.

    Otherwise it will probably be the branch of the city library, which is only 200m away from where I live.
    She belongs to a school, that should be a good fit.

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