Got (Too Many) Books? Where to Donate Them While ELPL Takes a Renovation Break

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Monday, November 16, 2015, 1:04 pm
Ann Nichols

As ELi previously reported, the East Lansing Public Library will be closed to the public from December 7 through January 10 to prepare for renovations. Although the Library will reopen in stages starting in January, the Friends of the East Lansing Public Library will be unable to accept donations until the renovation project is completed in May of 2016.

The City suggests in a press release that “community members are encouraged to donate their books and collection items to neighboring libraries and other organizations.” I looked into some options for people who want to donate books while the “Friends” are on hiatus.

One choice is Everybody Reads, Books and Stuff located at 2019 E. Michigan Avenue in Lansing. Owner Scott Harris says “we gladly accept book donations! Calling first helps (so we can find space and muscles and stuff), but in a pinch, isn't necessary. Most of the books we collect end up donated to book drives; a few are recycled (books that pose health hazards or preach intolerance); and some, with the consent of the prior owners, end up in our used book section for resale. Because of the harsh reality of bookstores and budgets, we cannot (regrettably) afford to pay for them.” You can call Everybody Reads at 346-9900.

Many classroom teachers and school libraries in East Lansing and surrounding school districts appreciate donations of gently used, age-appropriate materials, but prefer that you contact them or the school before donating.

Other options include the “Little Free Libraries” that have popped up in many East Lansing neighborhoods (including one near Woody’s Oasis on Trowbridge Road), the MSU Surplus Store (which will evaluate donations for sale or recycling), and the Capital Area District Library. This story will be updated as more donation sources are submitted.


The MSU Surplus Store is located at 468 Green Way on the MSU campus, and may be contacted at (517) 355-1723.

The headquarters of the Capital Area District Library is located at 401 S. Capitol Avenue in Lansing, and may be contacted at (517) 6367-6363.

Woody’s Oasis is located at 1050 Trowbridge Road, in East Lansing. © 2013-2020 East Lansing Info