£3000 Raised from sale of Library Books

Pre-loved book sale raises hundreds for library service

Released: Tuesday 24 July, 2018

A sale of ‘pre-loved’ books and CDs held at the weekend has raised over £660 which will be reinvested back into the City of Wolverhampton Council’s library service.

The items were withdrawn from circulation in Wolverhampton’s 16-strong library network in order to make way for new stock – with sale prices starting from just 30p.

Hundreds of people descended on the Alan Garner Centre next to Central Library for the sale on Saturday, snapping up over 1,000 titles in the process.

Councillor John Reynolds, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: “We aim to ensure our libraries carry a wide range of titles, including the latest publications.

“With around 200 new books published every day in the UK there is always pressure on space on our shelves, and so from time to time we need to withdraw old titles from circulation.

“These tend to be books or CDs which haven’t been loaned for a long period of time, or which have been updated with new editions.

“All of our libraries have a small selection of withdrawn stock for sale, and this is the third time we have brought them together for a sale.”

In total, the sales have raised over £3,000, with all proceeds reinvested into the library service, including the purchase of the latest titles.

It’s free to join Wolverhampton’s libraries. To find out more, please visit www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/libraries.

* Library customers are invited to sign up to the new BorrowBox service and choose from a selection of hundreds of eBooks and eAudiobooks to download to their Apple or Android mobile device for free – for more information, please visit www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/libraries.


Notes to editors:

1/ For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Paul Brown, Communications Advisor, on 01902 555497 or email paul.brown@wolverhampton.gov.uk.

Phil Bateman

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