Are you still accepting books?
Any further book, CD and DVD donations can be taken to the Library Foundation at 1221 2nd St. SW, the 2nd Floor of the Memorial Park Library between 12 – 5 pm, Monday to Friday, excluding holidays.
You may also drop off up to 10 donated items at any Calgary Public Library branch. The Library is happy to accept the following items in excellent condition:
- classic titles, older best sellers and popular fiction of enduring interest
- local materials about Calgary and Southern Alberta
- books that have been published or purchased within the past 5 years
- popular, current paperbacks
- CDs and DVDs
Was the 20,000 Books Under the Bow Event a success?
Early estimates suggest over 200,000 books, DVDs and CDs were donated. 10 times the goal!!
What materials were you looking for?
Books, DVDs and CDs. We cannot accept magazines, VHS videos and encyclopedias as they are not sellable materials.
Can I get a tax receipt for the books?
Unfortunately no. Revenue Canada requires extensive documentation for materials donated in-kind and it would not be feasible for books, DVDs or CDs.
What will happen with the books?
The Library Foundation has partnered with BetterWorld Books to provide an avenue for selling the materials. BetterWorld has partnered with more than 2,000 Libraries in North America to list their books online in marketplaces like Amazon. Betterworld Books will pick up all the books from the Libraries and ensure they find new homes.
Why aren't you holding a book sale?
Last year Calgary Public Library volunteers held a large book sale at the Library after collecting thousands of books from the collections as well as donations and raised about $1,300. Taking into account costs, total net proceeds were quite low. In person garage-sale type book sales suffer from a lack of ability for in depth browsing and what to do with the leftover materials. Books are often sold in bulk and quality books are always undersold as no one wants to spend $10 on one item at a used book sale. By moving that operation online, it enables the book purchaser to hunt for the material they want and purchase it at market price; used books can sell for over $10. The Foundation could list all the books ourselves online, but the time and research on pricing is prohibitive.
BetterWorld books covers all shipping of the books to their automated processing and listing facility. They paid for and sent us 5,000 cardboard boxes and coordinated trucks for pickup from all the Library branches at their cost. Through Amazon and other retailers are books will be listed online until they sell and will be shipped by BetterWorld to their ultimate destination. There is a listing fee paid to companies like Amazon and we earn 25% of the total sale and BetterWorld covers costs and earns a profit. We could do this ourselves and achieve some small success locally, but the ultimate goal is to raise the most for new collections. Working with BetterWorld enables the collection of so many wonderful gifts of books from Calgarians. By spreading out costs over many books the revenue is maximized and there is greater net benefit to the library.
Can Library customers purchase the books donated?
Not directly. The books will be for sale on online marketplaces and BetterWorld books will be launching a Calgary Public Library portal for used books, but that won’t be ready for several months.
When will T-Shirts be delivered?
All T-shirts and merchandise purchased at The Library Store have been received and are ready to be picked up at your nearest Library. If you haven’t heard from us yet, please call Christine at 403-221-2002.
T-shirts purchased on line through Tee-Spring are expected to be delivered within the next 10 days. You will be contacted as soon as they are ready for pick up.