Library of Congress Surplus Books Program

Did you know that the Library of Congress gives away its surplus books to libraries around the country? It does!

Yes, there are some caveats to the program, but what a cool idea! Here’s the long and short of it:

  • These surplus books are donated for collection development purposes, not to be sold for raising funds for the library.
  • The receiving library has to be a full-time, tax-supported or nonprofit educational institution: school, school system, college, university, museum or public library.
  • Participating organizations must select materials in-person at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.
  • Receiving libraries are responsible for making arrangements and payment for the shipping of the selected materials.

If you are interested, you can find more information and application instructions at the Library of Congress website:


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