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Posted on: August 6, 2019

Surplus Books Program

Library of Congress Surplus Books Program

The Blue Earth County Library received a shipment of new books on Friday from the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Cookbooks and non-fiction books focusing on travel and decorating are just some of the materials the Library will be adding to its collection, but a large array of materials were chosen. The shipment is part of the Library of Congress Surplus Books Program, which donates surplus books that are not needed for the Library’s own uses. In total, 196 materials were received, which equals about $5,000 in donations.  

To participate in the program, organizations and institutions must be located in the United States and fall into one of several categories such as schools, universities, museums or public libraries. Agencies of local, state, or federal government and certain non-profits are also eligible. The guiding principle behind the program, according to the Library of Congress, is to build library collections – not to raise funds for institutions or organizations. Material selections must be made in-person at the Library of Congress and shipping costs must be covered by the participating organization.

Kelly McBride, who traveled to Washington, DC for the American Library Association’s Annual Conference and Exhibition in June, personally selected the materials.

“The Library of Congress was amazing and I had a lot of fun selection materials for our Library,” said Kelly McBride. “These items will be on our shelves very soon. Patrons will know when they’ve selected one as they will see a Library of Congress stamp inside!”

For more information on the new materials or questions about the Library, contact the Blue Earth County Library at (507) 304-4001.

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