Are you wondering what to do with old encyclopedias? We had very outdated encyclopedia sets, and they had sat on our shelves untouched for years. The salvation army, thrift store, the local library, local schools, local recycler, etc won’t take donations of encyclopedias or donations of all kinds of encyclopedias anymore.
Compared to older sets of encyclopedias, our world book encyclopedia set was in good condition, these reference books were just outdated. Since these books were of historical value but little value to most I wanted to find a purposeful use for them in my home. So I figured out a way to reuse them in our home without damaging them!
Here’s a picture of our old encyclopedias. I moved them to our living room.
I bought 2 of these trays from the Target Dollar Spot.
I started by stacking the encyclopedias on either side of a bench we have in our living room.
I placed a tray on top of the book stacks.
Now I have side tables in our living room which is also our reading room.
I decided I wanted to try another version, so I spiraled the books in and added the tray on top. I really love how this one turned out. Which one do you like better?
I’m thrilled I saved them from the garbage bin! You could do this with old hardcover books and old dictionaries too. If you’re looking for what to do with telephone directories, then you might be interested in my trivet DIY
Places you might be able to donate or place old books:
- rare bookseller
- old book collectors
- local libraries
- retail sites
- book store
- craigs list
- library fundraisers
- second-hand bookstores
- school district
- old bookshops
- resale organizations
How do I know if a book is worth something?
- check out the company’s website
- what is the age of the books
- is it a complete encyclopedia, an entire set (full 32-volume print edition), and is it a fine set of 11th edition Britannica
- are the text books out of date, does it meet educational standards or is it a lack of relevance
- check and see if they are rare editions by looking inside the pages of the hardcover book
- are they in clean condition
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