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Uses for Old Encyclopedias

Outdated encyclopedias are not necessarily worthless, get creative and repurpose or craft something using these sturdy books. This guide contains uses for old encyclopedias.

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April 2, 2012 Flag
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Most of the time old sets of encyclopedias are worth nothing. If the sets are very old there might be some artistic quality in the old pictures that are in them. For instance pictures of cities in the 1800's or even more recently. These pictures could be cut out, enlarged and put in frames. Especially pictures of places that have changed or no longer exist. I am not sure about copyrights pertaining to them but if they are for your own use or for children's projects and not for selling it probably would be fine.

By Lilac from Springfield, MA

May 29, 2015 Flag
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Since old encyclopedia sets are hard to sell and no one has the space for them anymore, individual volumes make great "birthday" or event cards. Give the volume that is the initial of the person and say something pithy on the inside. As a joke I gave the S volume to a friend we dubbed the snake oil salesman - tabbing the Snake article of course!

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January 31, 2015 Flag
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My mom has a complete set of World Book large print dated in the 50s. What can she do with them?

By Jennifer

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February 1, 20150 found this helpful

I make "book lamps". http://pinterest.com/pin/244179611018216041/

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February 5, 20150 found this helpful

It is sad but there is almost no place to dispose of these sets but you can check out eBay, Google sites, and maybe Craigslist. It is sometimes very difficult to even give them away - library sales will not usually accept sets. But, try Free-cycle in your city to see if anyone would like to have them.

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May 12, 2011 Flag
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We have several sets of old encyclopedias and we want to donate them. Who can we contact?

By Pat

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May 14, 20110 found this helpful

Good luck to you if you can find ANYONE who will take those. Nobody wants old encyclopedias any more. You may have to recycle them. These are now considered dinasours which is unfortunate.

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May 15, 20110 found this helpful

People are starting to alter books as a cheap way to scrapbook. They may want them if they are for a mimial cost or free.

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May 15, 20110 found this helpful

www.freecycle.org

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May 17, 20110 found this helpful

You might ask any missionary organization you know. We caught an encyclopedia set on FreeCycle last year, and contacted our church. They were more than happy to take them for their Philippine faith-based school.

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August 18, 20160 found this helpful

Put them in a box and use them for a table take the box good put a table cloth over it and it'll be a little dinner table for my grandbaby

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January 23, 2010 Flag
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I would like to sell a set of 1985 Collier encyclopedias or find a good home for them. Any suggestions?

By Marge from central NJ

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January 23, 20100 found this helpful

If you want to give them to a good casue you could try a local boys/girls club. Or a church even, especially one with an after school program.

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January 28, 20100 found this helpful

Do you have a ronald mcdonald house by you or a children's hospital, maybe a shriner's hospital All 3 would be glad to have them. These places have to have the children there for extended periods of time, most of the children have to do schooling at the hospital.

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January 28, 20100 found this helpful

Check E-Bay, they might be collectibles. I remember having that set as a child.

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January 28, 20100 found this helpful

As a former teacher, I say call your local elementary school and ask if they would be interested in using them. They could be used in the library or the classroom or even in the art room for projects.

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January 28, 20100 found this helpful

Take them to your local library. Even if that branch doesn't need them they will pass them along to another branch or a charity.

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November 4, 2012 Flag
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Encyclopedias on bookshelf.We have a 30 volume set and wish to find someone who would want it or know what to do with it besides put it in the dumpster. Anyone have any ideas, please.

By Marilyn

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July 27, 20130 found this helpful

Hi, I've been looking for a set of encyclopedias that I used to have as a child and used all the time. Sadly, I cannot remember the name of them. These look similar to them, but I cannot be sure. Can you tell me, does this particular set have summaries of great works of literature at the end of each book?

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January 23, 2010 Flag
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I have a 30 year old set of Encyclopedia Britannica in almost pristine condition. I must downsize and dispose of them. I have called thrift shops, rescue mission, library and no one wants them.

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