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Library no longer accepting donations of second-hand books

While the Library has received donations of second-hand books over the years, it is no longer able to accept these donations.

This is not a decision made lightly and is not a reflection on the intent of the person donating, nor of the quality of books donated.

Some, but not all, of the reasons are:

  • We are overstocked with donated books that are difficult to move, as fewer and fewer library patrons, students and visitors are buying them or collecting them.
  • Pastoral and lay students tend to not use older books as much as previously due to being able to access new studies, updated books and e-resources.
  • Our physical storage at ALC Library for donations is at capacity and we do not have the room to receive more items.
  • Library staff have less available work time to sift through donations, as it is a time-consuming process to check books against our collection and determine where they go.

If anyone would like to donate books, some options include:

  • Oxfam bookshop (Adelaide) Hutt Street
  • Your local church where there may be members interested in Christian books (check with your pastor or office staff)
  • Other charitable stores that receive books (you will need to check your local area).