Value of Old Books

Q.  One of our regular library visitors is clearing the attic of the family home now that her parents are deceased.  Where can I direct her to learn more about the value of these books?

A. This has been very frequently asked question over the years, prompting the development of a pamphlet RTSD, the division that is now the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), used to give away called "My Old Books."  Some years ago, responsibility for the pamphlet was transferred to the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of the Association for College and Research Libraries and retitled, Your Old Books. 

If it is likely that these books would be donated to your library, or the friends group, remember that the donor is responsible for determining the value of the gift.  Please see our wiki page for more information on library responsibilities with regard to handling gifts.

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