What happens to our outdated books? The RU library believes in a collection of active, academically useful materials and provides quality control by eliminating outdated and damaged materials. In efforts to promote social responsibility, the withdrawn books that are in good condition are donated to an organization called Better World Books.
Better World, founded in 2002, believes that education and access to books are basic human rights. Social and environmental responsibility is at the core of their business. That's why books sold on Better Worlds help fund high-impact literacy projects in the United States and around the world. So far, the company has converted more than 11 million donated books into $4.5 million in funding for literacy and education and has diverted more than 6,000 tons of books from landfills. The primary literacy partners are Books for Africa, Room to Read, Worldfund, the National Center for Family Literacy, and Invisible Children. Every book purchased from Better World Books contributes to individual literacy throughout the world and the promise of a better life.
This video clip illustrates the Better World philosophy: