Gifted Libraries

Libraries have long held sales of deaccessioned or donated books once or twice a year, usually run by all-volunteer Friends of the Library organizations. Many have dedicated spaces or rooms where books can be purchased year-round. These in-house used bookshops are moneymakers for libraries, with stock that’s often liberally seeded with last year’s best sellers.

Following the lead of many bookstores, libraries are discovering a strong source of fundraising revenue in nonbook merchandise. Patrons are interested in purchasing more than just secondhand books, and these days many large library systems—and an increasing number of smaller ones—have some kind of gift shop on the premises.

via Gifted Libraries.

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