AAUW > Book Donation Information

We collect book donations throughout the year and for eight months volunteers cull, sort, and price them to prepare for one of the largest used book sales on the country.

LOCATIONS and HOURS

Donations of books and other materials (see Guidelines) are collected and processed at the Used Book Workshop located at 176 Technology Drive in Boalsburg.

During workshop hours, bring donations to the door immediately to the left of the loading dock and ring the doorbell for assistance.

Workshop Summer Hours (August 1 – August 31):

Mondays 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. – Noon

Regular Workshop Hours (September 8- March 17):
Mondays 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The workshop is closed on Labor Day (September 7) and over winter break (December 24 – January 3).

The outdoor drop-off bins will be available 24 hours a day starting August 1. 

DONATION GUIDELINES

ACCEPTABLE AND UNACCEPTABLE DONATIONS 

WE CANNOT ACCEPT:

The following items do not sell well and are expensive for us to dispose of.

Items that are unhealthy to handle or dirty, moldy, smelly, burnt, chewed, or wet

Textbooks that were published more than five years ago unless they are classic reference books

  • Encyclopedias
  • Dictionaries
  • Vinyl phonograph records, audio and video tapes
  • Magazines, including National Geographic magazines 
  • Travel guides more than five years old 
  • Catalogs
  • Readers Digest Condensed Books
  • VHS tapes
  • Library books, or materials that have been discarded from libraries and bear their stamps
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WE ACCEPT DONATIONS IN THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:

  • Arts: Art, music, opera, movies, television, and biographies of people in these fields
  • Biography
  • Business and Economics
  • Children
  • Collectors: Books published before 1960 
  • Communication: Books about newspapers or magazines, collections of essays, English grammar books, style books (Strunk & White, AP Stylebook, etc.), “How-to” writing guides; books on journalists, muckrakers, and TV news commentators
  • Cookbooks
  • DVDs, CDs, and Books on Tape
  • Education
  • Fiction: Historical fiction, hardback romance, contemporary fiction
  • Foreign Language: Books in languages other than English
  • Health and Self-Help: Diet, exercise, child-raising, self-fulfillment, relationships
  • History
  • Hobbies
  • Humor and Pop Culture: Includes joke books, books about space aliens, the occult, astrology, comic books, graphic novels, books on astrology, the paranormal
  • Life Science: Books on anatomy, biology, botany; field guides to birds, mammals, etc.; “All Creatures Great and Small” series; agriculture yearbooks; forestry; veterinary books
  • Literature: Classics, poetry, plays, myths, Cliff Notes, summaries of great works, books on theory of criticism/criticism.
  • Mathematics
  • Mystery
  • Paperbacks, fiction and non-fiction
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science: Law books, political parties, elections, communist theory, war
  • Religion: Includes children’s religious books, Bible stories, hymnals, as well as novels published by Christian publishing companies
  • Physical Sciences and Engineering: Books about astronomy, geology, computers, chemistry, physics, hydrology, electronics, physical geography, texts on cartography
  • Puzzles and Games
  • Science Fiction: Speculative fiction, alternative history, some horror, paranormal romance, vampires
  • Music: Sheet music and books on music
  • Social Science: Includes anthropology, psychology, archaeology, sociology, feminism, true crime, sexual orientation
  • Special collections: Books that have higher value due to rarity, age, subject
  • Sports: Includes books on hunting, fishing, guns, extreme sports, equestrian books, Joe Paterno
  • Travel

What You Can Do with Books We Cannot Accept

Centre County Recycling (http://centrecountyrecycles.org/) states the following regarding books that AAUW cannot accept: “Soft cover books go as they are but must be bundled for curbside pickup just like magazines. Hard back books can be recycled after the front and back covers are removed. Then they are handled just like soft cover and/or magazines. If you do not have curbside service, the books may be placed in one of our drop-off bins labeled ‘mixed paper’.”

CONTACT INFORMATION

Send your donation questions to info@aauwstatecollege.org or call 814-466-6041 during the hours the workshop is open.