It’s normal (and necessary) for “weeding” of old, damaged or unpopular book stock to be done by Library staff on an ongoing basis. But, with the closure and divestment of hundreds of libraries across the UK, swingeing cuts to library budgets and councils that insist on replacing shelves of books with co-located services and computers – we, the taxpayers who bought them, ask “what happens to the books?“
Points to ponder | When a branch library closes, where do the books go?
What does Lincs CC do?
Sell via Internet to retailers of used books, or sell on eBay
Sell to the public and/or donate to charities
Destroy – send to commercial waste management services, to be pulped
Re-absorb – into the Library Authority’s book stock, for supply to its other public libraries
But the impact is not limited to the book supply:
People are being selectively ‘dumped’ by their Council – when their access to books (the local public library) is closed, de-staffed, or its service significantly reduced.
Some links (re. the library books) for reference:
eBay | Benefits of Ex-library Books
NAG statement on the disposal of books
2013 “Where on earth are all the books?”
2013 – Town Hall faces criticism over books ‘giveaway’ from axed library
2013 – A library is about more than books but a library without books is not a library
2012 – Destruction of Manchester library books halted after writers’ campaign
2012 | Wigan – Probe over dumped library books
2012 – Fewer and older books for library visitors as service feels the strain
2012 – Councils slash spending on new library books : Research by The Northern Echo using freedom of information powers reveals local authorities in the region have cut spending on library books by 34 per cent in five years http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/10039037.Councils_slash_spending_on_new_library_books/
2012 – Books in public libraries
USA | Davenport Public Library Dumps 4,000 Books; Other Libraries Do Same
2011 – Historians fear for the future of ‘irreplaceable’ collection
And, if people argue that everything can now be digitised, it can’t :
See > (example) via Twitter | “… and more gorgeous stuff like this (Nox by Anne Carson). None of which can be digitised.”