The Library is expanding our Better World Books collection operation. Approximately three years ago, the Library took over an initiative originally championed by Student Senate. They wanted to find a solution for students who wanted to donate their books and worked with Better World Books to place collection boxes around campus. Given the LLC’s preexisting relationship with Better World Books, it made sense for us to take over the project. We already have a solid process for dealing with donations, so we were able to easily fold this into our operations. This freed up the new members of Student Senate to concentrate on new projects.
As of the beginning of Spring semester, the only Better World Books collection boxes on campus were in Old Admin. After receiving requests from other buildings for collection boxes, we decided to expand the project to all academic buildings and a few other buildings that have heavy student use. After consulting with the Building Managers for all of the relevant buildings, we have placed new Better World Books boxes for collection throughout campus.
This is a great time for us to expand our collection operation, as the textbook reserves are really gaining steam. Books that are placed in the Better World Books boxes will first be checked to see if they are required textbooks for any CSC classes. If so, they will be added to the growing textbook reserves collection. Donated books that aren’t being used as textbooks will also be evaluated for whether they would be a good fit for the LLC’s general collection. Books that don’t meet either of these criteria will be shipped to Better World Books, where they will either be sold, recycled, or donated to Third World countries.
If you have students that no longer need their books at the end of the semester, please encourage them to donate to one of the green Better World Books boxes spread throughout campus. Locations of the boxes are:
- Memorial Hall
- Old Admin
- Miller Hall
- King Library
- Student Center
- Chicoine Center
- Math and Science
- Rangeland Complex