menu icon mobile devices search icon mobile devicesSearch the site

Textbook Rescue

[textbook rescue donation box]

Donate old textbooks to new students.

Textbook Rescue is back in a bid to save hundreds of unwanted textbooks from a life of gathering dust, bringing them out from under beds and back into the hands of students.

When it comes to the end of term, do you have a pile of textbooks that you aren't going to use again? There are students who will be taking your course next year that would benefit from them.

Last year, your generosity provided new students with over 2,500 free textbooks.

This year, we want to help even more - so as you finish your exams, if you have any unwanted textbooks lying around, drop them off at your site library* or a number of other locations, to support next year’s students.

Additional donations points are:

  • The Students' Union
  • Ellen Wilkinson building
  • Samuel Alexander building
  • Hulme Hall residence
  • Owens Park residence

How to donate

You can take your unwanted textbooks to your site library* and drop them off at the donation point. A member of staff can point you in the right direction.

Additionally, for our new donation point at the Students' Union, the box will be located in the foyer - just look for the banner. For our other new donation sites, just pop them in the existing book returns boxes, and we'll sort them out from the Library returned items when we collect them - easy as that!

Your books will be securely stored until September; all donations will then be made available to new students.

Donate now!

*Please note that the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons and The John Rylands Library will not be acting as donation points. Site libraries may operate on reduced hours or close across the vacation period; a full list can be found on our locations and opening hours pages.

T&Cs: There is no limit on the number of books that you can donate. All books donated to Textbook Rescue will be made available to new students in September.

The history

Textbook Rescue is based on an idea that was submitted to the Eureka! Library Innovation Challenge by one of our students. They suggested that it would be good to have a place where students who were graduating could donate their textbooks, rather than having to take them home or throw them away.

The desire to help support students tackle the high cost of investing in core texts supports Library policy, so we’ve taken this idea and made it into a reality.

Can we help?