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How to Dispose of Old Encyclopedias

Updated February 21, 2017

Encyclopedias contain lots of information; however, over time that information becomes dated, making older encyclopedia sets obsolete. When you obtain a new set of encyclopedias, or simply want to clear space in your home and use the Internet for research, you might find yourself wondering what to do with an entire volume of encyclopedias. Fortunately, several options exist for disposing of the entire set without throwing them in the trash.

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  1. Donate your old encyclopedias to a local school or library. This option depends on the age of the books and whether or not schools and libraries accept older sets of encyclopedias. Even if the school or library cannot use the books, they can sell them at school or library fundraisers.

  2. Give them to a playhouse or theatre. Your local theatre may want to use them as part of a set for an upcoming play.

  3. Contact your favourite charity and see if the charity has a thrift store that will take your donated encyclopedias. Your favourite charity might even donate the books to children in other countries that lack an adequate number of books from which to learn and read.

  4. Sell your old encyclopedias at your next garage sale. If you have no plans for a garage sale anytime in the near future, ask a friend or family member if they would put your encyclopedias out for sale at their yard sale.

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About the Author

Tiffany Raiford has several years of experience writing freelance. Her writing focuses primarily on articles relating to parenting, pregnancy and travel. Raiford is a graduate of Saint Petersburg College in Florida.

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