How to Donate Books to a Library Valuation

Written by bonnie conrad
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Many local and community libraries use book sales to raise funds for their programs. The same institutions often solicit donations of quality used, rare and collectable books from their patrons. If you have some books that have been sitting around gathering dust, donating them to your local library can help you reclaim your bookshelves while helping a good cause.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Books
  • Internet access
  • Library phone number

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    Go through the books you have to donate and sort them into two piles. Place ordinary novels and books on one pile, and any books that may have collectable value in the other. Any first editions and special books will go into the second pile.

  2. 2

    Count the books in the first pile and put them in a box. Then take the possibly valuable books and start going through them one by one.

  3. 3

    Log on to the Internet and open eBay or another online auction site. Search for the books you have, to get an idea of their value. When doing your search, be sure to be as descriptive as possible, i.e. include the term "first edition" if applicable. If you have an active eBay account you can also search the completed listings to see the final selling price of books like yours.

  4. 4

    Go through all of the books in your second pile and write down an estimate of the value of each book. Add up the total value of all the books you are donating.

  5. 5

    Contact your local library about donating your books. When donating the books be sure to get a receipt that will enable you to claim the value of the book donation on your tax return.

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