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Five Ways to Start Your At-Home Library Sustainably 

Many people know that feeling… when you find the book, the book that makes you want to read on forever. Your favorite book. The one that kept you turning pages, made you gasp out loud, laugh to yourself, or leave you frantically searching for the sequel once you’ve finished. Once you’ve had that feeling, there’s no going back. You’re a reader for life.

So, how can you start building your own at-home library sustainably? How can you collect your favorite books without breaking the bank, cutting down too many trees, and creating more waste in our landfills?

I’ve got five ways you can get started that will accomplish all of these things.

  1. Before you buy a book, borrow it from your local library. Read it, see if you like it. If you do and want it for your own collection, then you can buy it through one of the methods I will outline below. If you don’t like it, you can return it for someone else to try.
  2. One way to begin collecting books is by checking out your local library’s used book sales. The Friends of the Library have frequent book sales and many permanent set ups somewhere in the library for you to browse. All the profits from the book sale go back to supporting the library. You can find so many wonderful reads and support your library at the same time!
  3. Thrift books from other second-hand stores. You won’t believe the treasures you’ll find from the donations charity shops receive.
  4. If you can’t find a particular book in any of the pervious spots I’ve mentioned, some major book retailers offer a “used” option for book purchases. This reduces waste and paper use.
  5. Why not ask family and friends for their best recommendations and if they are looking to get ride of any of their books? It couldn’t hurt. You never know what great reads you’ll stumble upon next.