Last year I went through my CDs from high school, ones I hadn't listened to since then really, and seriously weeded the collection down. I brought all the ones I no longer cared for, as well as the ones where Matt and I both owned a copy (like every Pink Floyd album) to the library. They were mostly added to the collection and now circulate to others who do still want them. I cannot begin to tell you how satisfying it is that they are no longer languishing unused at my house. And that they also didn't end up in the trash or even recycling. They are still being useful!
|See that blacked out label? That was the address label I put on all my CDs in high school. The piece of paper underneath it is a request for me to send it to anther library via interlibrary loan.|
Case in point: One of my student workers brought in a stack of religious magazines that his family was going to throw out. Because he has worked for me a while he thought that maybe another library could use them instead. I offered them to a list of libraries and in less than an hour the whole stack had a new home and another library in another state had filled a gap in their collection and will be better able to serve their users.
It is a beautiful thing.
Better World Books, who redistribute books to areas lacking them as well as recycle outdated books all with increasing sustainability and worldwide literacy in mind.
Now, since I work at the library I can see how frequently my donated books and CDs circulate. They go far and wide via interlibrary loan as well as being checked out locally by our students and faculty. Most people won't have a way of knowing this, but rest assured, donating material to the library is an awesome thing to do. Almost all of my donations to the library have seen time off the shelf. I am sure it would be the same at the library you use as well.
|This Land and Environmental Art book in the book-drop was a textbook of mine from college.|
I feel compelled to add one last thing: With all that in mind don't use the library as a dumping grounds for junky, broken, water damaged books., etc And if you have a ton (like a flatbed trailer full...and yes that DID happen to me) make sure you give the library a heads up first to be sure they have the space and desire needed to take it all in.