Better World Books Partnership

Better World Books


The Library has a standing partnership with Better World Books to assist in reusing/recycling donations and materials from our collection that are no longer wanted. Better World Books is a non-profit that supports literacy organizations such as Books for Africa, to provide funding by selling used books.

Faculty, Students, and Staff: If you have books in your campus office or room that you would like to part with, consider bringing them to the Macalester library, and we will donate accepted items to Better World Books. Please see the Better World Books guidelines below for what constitutes acceptable materials. Our library receives a small amount back from sales of books we donate. If you have a large amount of books (more than 25 items) please contact library staff to obtain boxes.

Not currently affiliated with Macalester? See Other Places that Take Books or Media

Acceptable Materials

  • Hardcover Fiction and Non-fiction Monographs (books)
  • Paperback Fiction and Non-fiction Monographs (books)
  • Antiquarian, Rare, and Collectible Books or No-ISBN books
  • Children’s Books (including unused workbooks and activity books)
  • College Textbooks (published within 10 years)
  • Foreign Language Books
  • Former Library Copies


Please see the Better World Books website for a full list of materials that are not accepted. These include:

  • Books in poor condition due to water-damage, mold or dirt, spine damage, or missing covers or pages
  • VHS tapes, audio cassettes, LP Records, and computer software
  • Audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, and Blu-Ray Discs
  • Video games
  • Annuals and yearbooks
  • Directories, telephone books, and indexes
  • Encyclopedias, journals, periodicals, law books, tax and government documents
  • Custom course packs and other unsellable copies (e.g. free, review, exam, nor for resale, unbound copies or international editions)

Other Places that Take Books or Media

Non-Macalester-affiliated community members: We cannot accept donations from outside the immediate Macalester community, but there are several places in the Twin Cities which can make good use of your items. Please see the following websites for complete information on what items are accepted and how to donate.