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Instructions for Reviewing Withdrawal Candidates

Faculty who are interested in reviewing lists of library withdrawal candidates should download the spreadsheet for a specific call number range (click here to see an explanation of Library of Congress call number classifications).  Titles of concern can be emailed to Tom Reich or your department's library liaison.

Withdrawn Titles/Library Discards

In an effort to have a global impact on literacy, the Library has partnered with Thriftbooks and the Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners of the Americas, Inc.

We believe that education and access to books are basic human rights.  Working together, with our literacy partners, we will cycle many of our withdrawn titles to help fund high-impact literacy projects around the world. By finding old books new homes, we have created a sustainable solution for diverting books from landfills. Thriftbooks Donations and Discards program helps us manage our withdrawn books and unneeded gift books by either selling them via online marketplaces or donating items to global literacy programs.  Any proceeds help support our Leisure Reading Collection.

Final Discards Workflow

Withdrawal Candidate Lists

Potential Discard Lists will be posted during the regular 9-month academic calendar (and occasionally during summer months). List(s) includes books that have been selected by librarians for withdrawal.  The majority of the books are pre-2000, and have had no use since 2000.  Items proposed for withdrawal will remain shelved in the Library during a designated period for review.  Faculty are encouraged to review the lists and contact us if there are items they want the Library to keep.  Lists will be available for review for a minimum of 3 months.  The spreadsheets are in PDF and Excel.  Recommendations to keep specific titles can be emailed to Collection Development Coordinator Tom Reich, ; or contact the listed Librarian/liaisons.  Thank you for your input!   

Library of Congress Classification Outline

Lists below are in order by date posted

LC Ranges - Collaborative Librarian sign-up and progress

Status of Librarian LC progress (spreadsheet and chart) 

UW System Last Copy Titles

The following list of items have been selected by librarians for withdrawal and are last copies of their editions in the UW System.  Other Univ. of Wisconsin libraries may contact us as soon as possible if there are items they want transferred to their library.