County Library’s annual giveaway includes thousands of books

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County Library’s annual giveaway includes thousands of books
The Contra Costa County Library's annual book giveaway will occur behind the Pleasant Hill Library and runs Tuesday, July 16 through Saturday, July 20 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Photo: CCC Library)

The Contra Costa County Library is hosting its annual book giveaway from July 16 – 20.

The book giveaway is located in the shipping and receiving area behind the Pleasant Hill Library and runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on those days.

During the 5-day giveaway, “tens of thousands of paperback and hardcover fiction, non-fiction and children’s books” will be available to the public, according to CCC Library.

The reason for the giveaway: the books available “have been removed from the library collection due to lack of circulation, poor condition or relevance,” the county states.

“Removing materials is standard practice for libraries and helps patrons to easily locate books and discover new items,” says County Librarian Melinda Cervantes. “Collection maintenance helps staff to identify gaps and create space on our shelves for new materials.”

Giving away outdated, damaged library materials was approved in a September 1998 resolution by the County Board of Supervisors. Books are available on a first-come, first-served basis and members of the public are advised to bring their own boxes or bags to transport materials.

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