New idea for sale of library stock

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Surplus library books are to be sold online as part of a six-month scheme.

Lancashire County Council currently takes damaged and out-dated stock for recycling, but the value of waste paper has decreased significantly.

The average monthly income in 2013 was £137, minus staff and transport costs.

Now the council is recommended to use agent Better World Books for a limited period, which sells items on 50 different websites.

It is estimated this could generate an annual income of around £3,500, based on 100,000 books being collected per year. Any books not sold are donated to charity.

A final decision will be made by County Coun Marcus Johnstone the Cabinet Member for Environment, Planning and Cultural Services.