The DePaul University Library has established a partnership with Better World Books, an online bookseller that works with literacy projects around the world. This social venture company gives a portion of its profits to charitable organizations and also donates a book to one of its non-profit literacy partners, Feed the Children and Books for Africa, for every book it sells. To date, it has raised over $7.3 million for literacy and education non-profits and donated over 9 million books.
Better World Books (BWB) currently works with almost 3,100 libraries across the US and Canada, and has been working with DePaul’s Rinn Law Library since 2009. BWB provides packaging materials and shipping labels for materials that do not meet collection needs, including monographs, books, CDs and DVDs. When a title is purchased from BWB, fifteen percent of the profits go back to the library that provided it and five percent go to a charitable organization of the library’s choosing. The DePaul University Library has chosen Open Books as the charitable organization that will benefit from the sale of library materials through BWB. “Open Books is an award-winning charity in Chicago that provides literacy programs, tutoring opportunities, and internship programs for students from across the City of Chicago,” said University Librarian Scott Walter, “and the DePaul University Library is happy to be able to partner with the successful social entrepreneurs at Better World Books in a way that will benefit our library while also deepening our engagement with broader literacy efforts across Chicago.”
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