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Homeless animals and unwanted books

Kirstin Steele (Daniel Library, The Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina, USA)

The Bottom Line

ISSN: 0888-045X

Article publication date: 23 August 2011




The purpose of this column is to consider similarities of unwanted dogs and cats and books to be weeded, in order to find new destinations for discarded books.


The author applied the No Kill Declaration's underlying premise, that death should not be an option for resolving the problem of homeless animals, to books being removed from a library's collection.


By declaring dumpsters and recycling boxes off limits for books, the author found that offering books for surplus bids, persisting in investigating book sale rules, and working with campus philanthropy groups could be viable options.


In comparing wholesale dumping of library books to mass killing of dogs and cats, librarians might be reminded of books’ inherent worth.



Steele, K. (2011), "Homeless animals and unwanted books", The Bottom Line, Vol. 24 No. 2, pp. 107-109.



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