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Subject: Old library book
Date Posted: 4/23/2011 9:20 AM ET
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I have a question for you all. I thought I lost a library book a few months ago so I paid for it. Well I just found it in my car and they said they wont take it back. Should I post it? It is in great condition but it does have the barcodes and other library related stickers on the front. I know PBS says you can post old library books but I am wondering if people here do? And if you found a book you wanted and it was a library book would that bother you? If I post it should I tell the person who requests it that it does have the stickers on it? Thanks everyone!

Date Posted: 4/23/2011 9:23 AM ET
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Post it......there a requestor condition for members who do not want an ex-library book. If a member does not a library book, they can put that condition on the request, you don't have to ask them.

Last Edited on: 4/23/11 9:24 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 4/23/2011 9:24 AM ET
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Thank you! I will post it then

Date Posted: 4/23/2011 10:37 AM ET
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Every year here the library holds a VERY LARGE (warehouse sized!) sale of books that they are getting rid of at bargain rates and I go to it and get a lot of books that are wishlisted, or in short supply here and post them.  There are a few people who don't want these, but they usually put it on their conditions and the ones who don't stipulate this are accepting of these.  It is a good source of a lot of books that are fairly reent and IN DEMAND and fairly inexpensive, too.  Last year I came home with 2 boxes of books and have shipped out almost all of them by now.  Check your libraiy's website for this.  I think that most libraries do this periodically.

Date Posted: 4/23/2011 12:25 PM ET
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You paid the library for the book. It's yours! :)

Date Posted: 4/23/2011 12:59 PM ET
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I would just say, if you post it and it's requested, include a note when you mail it to let them know it's legit.  I always worry when I receive library books that aren't marked "discard."

Last Edited on: 4/23/11 12:59 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 4/23/2011 1:05 PM ET
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I always worry when I receive library books that aren't marked "discard."

I actually had never thought about that before myself, since my library never marks their books "discarded".  All they do is draw a line through the barcode, and even that they don't do so much anymore. 

Date Posted: 4/23/2011 1:33 PM ET
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I have mailed out several former library books and have never had a problem.  Most of the time my library marks their books as discards, but they aren't always consistent about it.  If you have reservations, you could always take a Sharpie marker and draw a line through the bar code or write "No longer property of (your library name here)" on the inside cover.  My library does both, some branches have a discard stamp, too.  As long as the book meets the postability requirements and the requestor has no RCs, you should have no problems at all.

Date Posted: 4/23/2011 6:43 PM ET
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I'd say if you're concerned about it, take the book to the library and have them mark it in their usual way.  Our library does mark the books "No longer property of XXXXX library" and they also mark through the barcode.  Some people become concerned if they receive a library book and it hasn't been marked as a discard.  Pat

Date Posted: 4/23/2011 9:24 PM ET
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I mail out ex-library books semi-frequently. I have noticed that less people thank me for them than for normal packages ... but I figure if they don't want them, they should make a RC about it. I don't mind receiving them myself, and they are perfectly OK in the rules.

I only send out ex-library books in very nice condition, though ... I don't buy the really beat up ones, but my library has a constant supply of them that look like they have never been read.

They do mark them as discarded, though. Usually.

Date Posted: 4/24/2011 12:53 AM ET
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Two years ago, I helped my school's library clean and purge their shelves for a move to another building.  We had to take all the barcodes and library related stickers off the books before we could throw the books away.  We also had to write DISCARD on and in the book visibly and had to cover up any and all writing that said the library's name. 

I would do these things before I mailed out the book.