Determining the Value of Encyclopedias

I have a set of New Standard Encyclopedia, 1981, and The Science Library that is in mint condition. Can anyone tell me how to find out if they have any value?


By Claudia Anderson

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January 5, 20120 found this helpful

I checked ebay and there is a set on there for $113.00 . That doesn't mean they will get it but it might give you some Idea. There isn't a real big call for these anymore since the internet made information so easy to get to.

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January 6, 20120 found this helpful

Check I did a search for "New Standard Encyclopedia" and the going rate from used booksellers for a set is $1.00. As a librarian, I'll tell you that encyclopedias are updated every year, so no one wants a set from 1981 for doing research. However, your encyclopedias could be re-purposed as stage props in a local theater production; used in an art project if there's artists in your town who work with old books or collage; used for door stops or to raise up computer terminals to eye level; or simply turned to pulp at your local recycling center.


If you've got a freecycle group in your area ( offer them as a giveaway.

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January 7, 20120 found this helpful

The pictures in them might be useful for kids school projects but I doubt anyone will pay anything for them.

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