Disposal of Discarded Materials

Approved June 18, 2019

For definitions and other information relevant to understanding Library Policies, please see Introduction to Library Policies.
Effective management of the Library’s collections requires continual review of the collection and discarding outdated or obsolete titles, duplicate copies, and worn-out or damaged copies. Such discarded materials will be disposed of by the following means:

  • Sales to the public and/or to dealers;
  • Donation to other libraries and to not-for-profit organizations; and
  • Removal for recycling, if possible, or for destruction.
  • Discarded materials will not be reserved or held for individuals.

Guidelines for Policy Administration

Procedures for administering this Policy will be uniform throughout the Main Library and Branch Libraries.

Staff responsibility for the disposal of discarded materials does not extend beyond arranging for delivery to the Library discard area or to recycling or disposal centers.

Selection, boxing, and delivery of discarded materials for donation or sale are the responsibility of the recipients and/or Library volunteers.

Any sales proceeds will go to the Friends of Greenwich Library or to the Friends of the appropriate Branch Library.

Replaces Disposal of Discarded Materials
Approved November 4, 2009

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