You may have noticed this past March that the Auditorium Library hosted a giant book giveaway—maybe you even snagged a few for your personal collection—but did you wonder, where did all those books come from? Where did they all go? Here are the answers.
Where did they come from?
Books in the giveaway were old or duplicate materials that we no longer needed in the library collection. From time to time we comb through our collection to remove outdated materials, making way for new and update resources. This ensures that the collection fully supports the curriculum and the research needs of our students and faculty. We know that just because something is old, doesn't mean it is obsolete, so we carefully consider each book before we withdraw it.
Where did they all go?
4,500: Books were withdrawn from the collection this past year.
70: Boxes of books were donated to Open Books, a local organization that promoted reading and literacy.
Open Books volunteer reading with an engaged child
50: Linear feet of books were donated to the Looking Glass Theatre Company for their current production of In the Garden.
RU Library books in the stage production of In the Garden
3: Boxes of books were sent to the Dipolog City Jail in Dipolog City, The Phillipines to engage and educate inmates.
RU Library books all boxed up and ready to go to The Phillippines
All the rest: found new homes with Roosevelt students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends during the book giveaway March 17-25. Those that didn't make it to a new home were recycled after the event.
Thanks to those of you who took books home with you. We’re excited to see how these books go on to inspire and educate our community at Roosevelt, Chicago, and beyond!