Brenau Trustee Library solicits donations and customers for its first book sale

Feb 8, 2012
Brenau Staff

Saddled with a need to pay for some unexpected cosmetic “re-beautification” following a bout last fall with a persistently leaky roof, the Brenau University Trustee Library on the Gainesville campus will conduct a book sale Feb. 20-22 to help pay for improvements.

The sale will be from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. that Monday through Wednesday. But for those who want an advance crack at the collection, there will be a special preview party, with refreshments, from 12-2 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 20. Admission for the party is $2, but there is no charge for admission to the general sale

The library will be winnowing its collection of hardcover and softcover fiction and nonfiction as it moves more into electronic format books, but the staff also seeks donations from anyone who wants to thin out books and other items from their own libraries for some good causes. Books left over after the sale will be donated to Books for Africa, an organization that collects sorts and distributes books to African communities.

“Although the library exists primarily to benefit Brenau students and faculty, it is a community resource, we want people to feel comfortable coming here at any time to make use of things that are available to them,” said Marlene Giguere, Brenau’s library dean. “Besides, these book sales are really a lot of fun. You hear people talking all the time about treasures they found and interesting items they discovered.”

Despite the persistent water problems in the library over the past few months, there was little damage to books and other materials. None of the things in the sale are damaged goods.

Over the past year, the library already was shifting books in anticipation of a new library layout following the roof work, which is almost complete. That has dovetailed with a migration to extensive use of electronic format media, such as eBooks, which will provide students and other library patrons with closer to “anytime, anywhere” access to resources they need from the library. In the process the staff has accumulated hundreds of titles of books that need new homes.

For more information, call Lisa M. Echols at 770-538-4723 or email at