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Pre-loved book sale raises £1,400 for library service

A sale of 'pre loved' books and CDs held at Bantock House at the weekend has raised £1,400 which will now be reinvested back into the City of Wolverhampton Council's library service.

The items were withdrawn from circulation in Wolverhampton's 16 strong library network earlier this year in order to make way for new stock - with prices starting from just 25p.

Hundreds of people descended on Bantock House for the sale on Saturday, snapping up over 3,000 titles in the process.

Councillor John Reynolds, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: "We aim to ensure our libraries carry a wide range of titles, including the latest publications.

"With around 200 new books published every day in the UK there is always pressure on space on our shelves, and so from time to time we need to withdraw old titles from circulation.

"These tend to be books or CDs which haven't been loaned for a long period of time, or which have been updated with new editions.

"All of our libraries have a small selection of withdrawn stock for sale, but this is the first time we have brought them together and been able to reach a wider audience.

"The response from local residents was incredible - with one individual taking away an entire suitcase full of books! We will now be looking to hold another sale of withdrawn stock at some point in the Spring."

Proceeds from the sale will be reinvested into the library service, including the purchase of the latest titles.

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  • released: Wednesday 8 November, 2017