Friends are selling donated books in the Library all the time! Look for a magenta book truck in the main entrance area. You’ll find donated books in great condition with new stock on a regular basis. Prices are marked on green stickers just inside the cover. Most are going for $3. Pay at the Circulation (or “checkout”) desk: cash or checks, please.
As ever, all proceeds go to the Library!
Books and other materials donated to the Forest Grove City Library are first reviewed by Library Staff to see if they should be added to the Library’s inventory.
For those that are not selected, and for books de-selected from the Library collection by staff, Friends of the Library volunteers check used book prices online to pick out those that are valued at $8 or more. Most of them will be put on sale at Amazon.com under Friends’ dealership name, “forestgrovelibraryfriends.” Friends have more than 1,200 books on sale through Amazon and these online sales will net more than $5,000 for the Library during the Friends fiscal year.
Books in good condition that are not selected for online sales are sorted by Friends volunteers for the twice-a-year book sales and for ongoing sales in the library. The twice-a-year sales are Friends’ primary income source. They have been making about $10,000 a year. The ongoing in-library sales are a new Friends project.
Books left over from the twice-a-year sales are picked up by a private company, Better World Books. They sell books online and they also send books overseas to private non-profit organizations. They also provide us free boxes, free pick-up and give us a portion of their proceeds from sale of our books.
Making money for the Library is Friends’ first strategic priority but this process for library donations and discards has other benefits: (1) Between donations and discards, the library has around 12,000 books to dispose of every six months, (2) turning donations away would be bad for the Library’s public relations, (3) friends efforts make money for library programs and help recirculate these books in our own community.
In addition to Friends’ twice yearly book sales at the Library, we have begun selling donated books online. Friends has become one of the many organizations selling through Amazon. We list books in Amazon’s huge database and have the advantage of participating in that gigantic marketplace. So far 80 books have been listed and 11 sold at an average sales price of over $24.
If you would like to see all the books we have for sale online, go to Amazon, choose the book catagory for your search and enter forestgrovelibraryfriends in the search box.
We need more books! The books you donate to the Forest Grove City Library are (1) considered for addition to the Library, (2) checked for prices online–those with low prices over $10 are usually added to our Amazon listings–or, (3) the books are sold at our twice a year sale.
Please give us your unwanted books! Just drop them off at the Library or call the Library 503-992-3247 to arrange to have them picked up by Friends volunteers.
Every cent Friends makes goes toward your Forest Grove community library!