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How to get rid of books, magazines, and videos you no longer want


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Disposing of Books, Magazines, Videos


(Whatever you choose, please do not just send to the landfill.)


Austin Community College.  ACC Library Services is one system with a large number of smaller libraries with limited space - including limited shelving for books and media materials. Occasionally we accept books or DVDs (in good condition) as donations (no magazines or VHS) and determine that they should be added to the collections. Decisions to add materials are made following a hands-on review by expert librarians responsible for materials in specific subject areas. Library Services typically only accepts recently published books, except for literature, art, and a few areas where current information isn't vital. Please email us at and someone will get back to you regarding possible donations. Please note:

  • It is not possible for staff to visit homes/offices to sort through materials to determine acceptance.
  • We do not pick up materials, nor is it possible to accomodate people who need extensive assistance in getting materials to campus libraries.
  • We are not able to provide monetary value or assess materials for your tax (or other) purposes;  however we can provide you - within one week of delivery - with a receipt or letter of acceptance on letterhead that identifies your donation by the number of materials and the format. For example we might say "Thank you for your gift of 45 hardback books and 22 DVDs."

Materials we are not able to use are then sent to our recycling program. Thank you for thinking of Austin Community College Library Services for your donation and please read on for other options for giving in the Austin Area.

Recycled Reads is the Austin Public Library's used book store. They accept books and videos (VHS and DVD). See their website for location and hours. Any unwanted books will be recycled, not thrown away. See videos explaining their operations.

Better World Books. The company sells donated books and gives part of the proceeds to charities. They have a dropbox in Austin on Red River Street at Hancock Center.

Goodwill Industries. This nonprofit provides jobs for people with barriers to employment. They accept donations of books, videos (DVD, VHS), records. Many locations in Central Texas.

Half Price Books. A chain of for-profit stores that may pay cash for your material. They are rare in considering magazines. Read their guide on what materials they will purchase. Locations with maps are available.

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