Kodiak library sheds books ahead of move

KODIAK — The Kodiak Public Library is offering up some free books you don’t have to return.


The library is in the process of moving to a new building. The staff doesn’t want to move everything, so the books that don’t make the cut for the new building are being offered to the public, KMXT reported.

The staff has gone through the library’s collection, sorting out what should go to the new library on Signal Hill.

“And it’s quite a painful process,” said Barbara Rudio, the interim director of the library. “It’s not just something you go through and pick out every fifth book and decide that you don’t need it.”

There’s a number of factors in determining what goes to the new building, and what gets discarded.

“It’s done partly by how much use it’s getting, they have a way to track that. How current it is, if it’s a non-fiction book. If it has current and correct information. If we have too many things in one area, of course, we try to get that done so we have the best available in the collection and not a lot of old things,” she said.

Other factors include if the library has duplicate copies, and the condition of the books.

The discarded books will be available for free pickup at the current library until Thursday, when the library will close for about two months.

That also might be the time to check out “War and Peace,” or any other long novel. Books checked out before Thursday don’t have to be returned until December, when the new library opens.


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