Better World BooksHave you ever wondered what the library does with books it doesn’t use?

The SDSU Library has partnered with Better World Books, which picks up unwanted donations or books that no longer circulate and sells them at no cost to the library. Each time one of the library’s books is sold, the library receives a commission that can be used to purchase new materials. Any book that cannot be sold or donated to a charity is responsibly recycled.

Better World Books collects discarded and donated books from more than 900 libraries nationwide and resells them through online marketplaces such as and During the five years the company has been in business, it has generated more than $1.4 million in funding for libraries and secondhand stores.

Sadly, some library books are too torn, dirty, or otherwise damaged to be resold or even given away. The SDSU Library sends those books to Material Management on campus for recycling.