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    The trouble is that most libraries are governmental entities and must follow that local government's property and equipment management policies. Such policies are designed more to defend against public corruption than to obtain maximum market value for used materials and equipment. Moreover, the money obtained for discarded books would go to the parent institutions general fund as opposed to being ear-marked for the library.

    Many public libraries have active Friends of the Library groups that the library can give discarded materials to. These groups then have annual sales or in the bigger systems operate stores where the discarded materials can be sold. The Friends groups will then use the proceeds to fund library needs not covered by the county or municipal budget.

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