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Old 03-02-2011, 06:39 PM
 
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Default Placed to donate used books

I am moving soon and have a slew of books I would like to get rid of (I just have too many and don't feel like packing them all). They are nice books, good condition (even if they are paperback). Most of them are fiction. I was thinking a place like a hospital or something might take them, but I don't know where to start. Any suggestions?
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Old 03-02-2011, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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Your local library may take them and sell them.
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Old 03-02-2011, 06:47 PM
 
Location: The South
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This may be waaay out of your area but the Stone Ridge Country Day School in Bethesda has a huge used book sale every spring. Here's last year's info Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart: Book Sale (http://www.stoneridgeschool.org/page.cfm?p=795 - broken link)

All the proceeds go to their scholarship fund.

Good luck!
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Old 03-02-2011, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Fairfax, VA
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Your local library may take them and sell them.
I just noticed yesterday that the Burke Centre library has a big bin for donations - I have no idea what they do with them though.
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Old 03-02-2011, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC (formerly Vienna, VA)
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They probably sell them at their used book sale. The proceeds go back into the library.

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I just noticed yesterday that the Burke Centre library has a big bin for donations - I have no idea what they do with them though.
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Old 03-02-2011, 07:58 PM
 
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They probably sell them at their used book sale. The proceeds go back into the library.
I think most Fairfax Co. llbraries "Friends of...." groups do this with the proceeds going back to the library. I know Chantilly library has a huge sale twice a year, plus you can donate and buy used books year long. The books they have left over they then donate to where ever will take them. Sometimes to the jail, other times overseas. It's a great way to recycle books (and current magazines too) plus their sale is incredible.
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Old 03-03-2011, 06:50 AM
 
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Yes, the public library, and get a receipt for tax purposes.
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Old 03-04-2011, 11:12 AM
 
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If you have the time, you could take them to C&W Used Books (locations in Woodbridge and Chantilly) -- they'll give you some money for them if they don't already have a few copies of them and think they'll sell, or store credit, if you want to pick up a couple of new titles.

Otherwise, your public library is a good place to take them. Many of our public libraries have seen their county funding shrink, and the money they make during their book sales help purchase new books (and dvds, books on tape, whatever) as well as computers.

I just took a stack of books to my library, and not only was I rewarded with a nice tax-deduction slip, but the volunteer gave me a huge smile when she took the items from me. It's all good!
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Old 03-04-2011, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I'd suggest for you to call the library where you plan to donate to see if they have any restrictions on donating books. The Alexandria main library said they accepted up to two boxes of books.
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