Buying Library Materials on the Out-of-Print Book Market

An ALCTS Webcast

The out-of-print market offers advantages to libraries that are willing to tap into this source of millions of books. This webinar explains how the distinctions between the print and out-of-print marketplace are blurring. The presentation shows how the out-of-print market offers potential cost savings and allows libraries to build retrospective collections, and replace missing items. In some cases, purchasing the out-of-print book may be a cost-effective substitute for interlibrary loan.

A second session on Maximizing Revenue from Selling Withdrawn Books and Unwanted Gifts is also available.

Who Should Attend

Anyone with an interest in the topic is welcome to participate.

Course Level & Prerequisites



Robert Holley, Professor at the School of Library and Information Science at Wayne State University, has been involved in the out-of-print book market for the last five years since he co-authored the first statistical study on pricing and availability of out-of-print materials on the Internet. He has run or helped with book sales for four different library organizations.  He is also a small Internet book vendor and can share his insights on selling materials.


Available 24/7 Originally presented October 6, 2010.





Technical Requirements

Computer with Internet access (high-speed connection is best) and media player software. Headphones recommended.

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