The Great Book Grab

Bring a bag. Fill it with books. Keep them for free!

Community members are invited to grow their at-home book collection during “The Great Book Grab” at the Grants Pass branch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 13.

In an effort to make space on the shelves for new materials, the library is asking the community to give 3,000+ beloved library books a new forever home. Participants will have a chance to “shop” The Great Book Grab’s selection and fill an unlimited number of bags of books to take home and keep — all at no charge.

Books have a special space in our lives, but unfortunately there’s limited space on library shelves. To make room in the library for new ideas and new stories, the library is looking to find new homes for older books that can be cherished for years to come.

Since the passing of the library district measure in 2017, the library’s collection development budget has doubled to $175,000 per year. This increase in funds allows the library to be responsive to public demand for new materials and also meet Oregon public library standards. To make room for new materials, outdated items must be discarded.

It is not necessary to have a current library card to participate in The Great Book Grab.

For more information about The Great Book Grab and collection development, email or call 541-476-0571.

Frequently asked questions

Why does the library keep and/or replace certain books?
Books that are kept or replaced meet the criteria as stated in library Collection Development Policy (section 3-2) including literary or scientific merit, popularity of title and/or author, part of a series, and supportive of literacy development including early literacy programming.

How do you decide which books are taken out of the collection?

  • Accuracy
  • Condition
  • Popularity
  • Relevance
  • Unnecessary duplication

What if I can’t find the book that I’m looking for in the library?
We will help you locate an item through another library or online through the Gutenberg Collection. The library also welcomes requests from library patrons for the purchase of books, audio books, music CDs, magazines, and DVDs. Suggest an item by completing and submitting the purchase request form. Keep in mind that requesting an item does not guarantee that it will be purchased.

What do you do with the books that are removed?
The library makes every effort to re-home as many books as possible before discarding the few that are left over. We partner with several organizations, including the Friends of the Library bookstore for each library branch; Better World Books; Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA); the Department of Human Services (DHS); Family Court; Fisko Family House; and Family Solutions. Also, this year, for the first time, the library is hosting “The Great Book Grab,” where guests are invited to browse and take home an unlimited number of removed books — at no charge.

Are you removing more books now than in the past?
Because the libraries operated on a meager budget for 10 years, Josephine Community Library District has an outdated collection. With the new library district in place, we now have stable funding. This gives us a great chance to do some spring cleaning so that we can maintain a healthy, vibrant collection, ensuring we meet public demand for new and better materials.

Can I donate my books to The Great Book Grab?
The library is not accepting any donations for this event. To learn more about the Grants Pass Friends of the Library’s book donation policy, visit the donation webpage.

Updated 1/4/2019