Listen to a conversation between a student and an employee in the university library.
Ready to check out?
Just about, before I do though, this book on early navigation,
I've been using this book quite a bit for a research project and I'd like to own it actually, and, well, it's an old book and there were two copies on the shelf just now, so I was wondering if I could buy one?
I was talking to this guy the other day and he said the library sold books on occasion.
Is that right?
He's probably talking about our annual book sale.
We have one every spring.
OK, how do you decide which book to sell? Are they duplicates?
A lot are duplicates.
If we have more than one copy of a title and it hasn't been checked out in a few years, in that case, it might end up in the sale.
I've actually tried to find this book on-line but no luck so far.
I was really hoping to buy it.
Well, that particular book, well, it probably won't be up for sale this year.
Most of the books in the sale come from off-site storage.
That's where we keep books that haven't been used for several years.
They're still in the catalog which means they can be checked out if you fill out a form.
It takes maybe a day or two to retrieve one of them.
And then before we decide to include a book in the sale, we review its circulation history again which can take a while.
We've got a lot of books in storage.
So it's basically the unpopular books that get put up for sale then.
Well, that, plus the main thing is to make sure students have access to the information in the books.
A lot of them are available in electronic format these days, even the really old ones.
You know they've been preserved that way.
So most of the books for sale are older books.
Well, we get book donations too and lots of those are new.
Again, a librarian reviews them and decides whether to catalog them or put them up for sale.
Is the sale open to the public?
On the second day, it's a two-day sale.
The first day is for students, faculty and staff though which is great.
We usually need about 20 volunteers for the sale and, well, if you volunteer, you get first shot at everything in advance.
Really? What do volunteers have to do?
You help sort the books and set up the tables.
But keep in mind, those positions fill up quickly.
Now, about this particular book, it wouldn't hurt to send a formal request to the collection department.
They might be able to let you know if it'd be up for sale.
I'll do that. Thanks.