Recommended disposal options

Give away, sell or donate

Books may be given away, sold or donated to the Hennepin County LibrariesMinnesota Literary Council or Books for Africa. Damaged or moldy books should not be donated.

Other disposal options

Recycle paperback books

Paperback books may be recycled in your recycling program at home.

Put hardcover books in garbage

Hardcover books should be put in the garbage. They are not accepted for recycling because their binding makes them difficult to recycle.

Remove battery from battery-operated books

Remove and recycle the battery from battery-operated books then put them in the garbage.

Hennepin County drop-off facilities

See restrictions and instructions below:

Drop-off facilities accept:

Paperback books


No charge

Drop-off facilities do not accept:

Hardcover or battery-operated books


Sell it, give it away, donate it or repair it. Learn more reuse tips.

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