Universities & Libraries

Universities & Libraries

The Book Rescuers was created to give librarians a viable option to deal with their surplus book stock without adding to their workload.

Having worked with librarians in education since our inception in 2003, we understand the importance of responsibly disposing of withdrawn stock in a timely and efficient manner. Like many people, we want to see all books have a second life wherever possible.

We take pride in helping libraries and universities address their financial challenges and also assisting them in complying with their environmental management policies. We do this by reducing their environmental impact by recycling and diverting hundreds of thousands of books from landfill.

We boast a simple, reliable, flexible and bespoke service which enjoys an excellent reputation amongst universities and librarians.

  • You contact us
  • We provide the boxes
  • You pack the boxes
  • We collect

We also raise much needed funds for libraries via excellent commission rates for every book sold (subject to T&Cs).

We will even collect your journals as part of your free book collection!

We pride ourselves on delivering a personalised service with a dedicated full time Collections and Logistics Team, so please get in touch!


Here are some of the nice things our clients say about our services.



We had a large project involving withdrawing a huge amount of stock, and two very different campuses to collect stock from. The Book Rescuers have been very reliable and helpful from the start of the project, and the van drivers are always friendly and flexible. Their staff are courteous and responsive to any changing situations. It’s nice to know that none of our books will go to landfill and that they give money for every online sale they make of our old books to the the A-CET charity.

 J. Hartzig

Counter Services Manager, Middlesex University, London



We have found your service very effective. Items have always been collected on time and it has been easy to co-ordinate by phone or email the collection time. Your service to provide boxes made it a simple process. Our University has an environmental management policy which means we need to know that no items are being disposed of via landfill and your service has provided this confirmation.

J. Wells

Customer Services Manager, Anglia Ruskin University Library, Cambridge



We are extremely happy with the service that The Book Rescuers have offered us. They are very easy to work with, very flexible and accommodating. Using their services has enabled us to manage the withdrawal and disposal of our stock in an efficient way. They have always supplied us with enough boxes and arrange collections to suit our timetable. We hope to continue with this collaboration for many years to come.

 I. Barranco

Academic Services Librarian, University of Greenwich, London

Contact us

If you would like to know more about how we can help you with your unwanted books please contact us:

    Retype the CAPTCHA code from the image
    Change the CAPTCHA codeSpeak the CAPTCHA code