Surplus genealogy books?
Here's what to do with them.
Dick Eastman recently ran a column titled: “Why the Library (Usually) Doesn’t Want Your Used Books”
But if the library doesn't want them, who does?
Allen County Library will take private collections. This includes family Bibles (with records) and privately published papers. It does NOT include how-to books from 1960.
The Family History Library will take similar records, and prefers them in digital format. They will digitize any papers you send.
The NEHGS accepts printed or electronic submissions of family paper and documents. They do not need to be New England collections, but query first. BTW – when they say they do not accept permanent deposits, this means something else. They’ll keep it.
Try the local historical or genealogical society: Obviously, if the material relates to a certain area, you’ll want to query the local society. Google is a good place to start, or https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_historical_societies.
Locally in San Mateo County we have a few places to take books:
SMCGS, of course. If you have current books or periodicals of interest to genealogists, please consider donating them to our seminar book sales. They may be dropped off the day before the seminar. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Friends of the Palo Alto Library accepts almost any type of book. But they don’t accept periodicals or loose papers. And PLEASE don’t give them your old Everton’s genealogy indexes or anything out of date. Last time I checked they had an entire shelf of outdated genealogy books which should be tossed (hello Janette).https://www.fopal.org/donate
Friends of the Menlo Park Library also accepts books, but be aware that they toss many donations. Books may be dropped at the back door.
Encore Books on the Square, which supports the San Mateo County History Museum also accepts books. https://historysmc.org/encore-books-square
Recycle. Yes, you can recycle old genealogy information. In our area, Stanford Recycling is the only place I know of which accepts hard bound books. https://lbre.stanford.edu/sites/lbre-production/files/pssi_recycling_center_guide.pdf
CAVEAT! Before recycling any book, check to make sure it's available somewhere in both physical and digital formats. Places to look are https://www.worldcat.org and https://www.familysearch.org/en/
Bottom line: Get it somewhere that it can be used, and if it can't be used, you have my permission to TOSS IT!