Book Recycling

Books include all hardcover and softcover books. Textbooks, yearbooks, collectable magazines, comics and vintage books/ephemera are acceptable.

Reuse Options

All books received are inspected for possible reuse. MSU Departments should send lightly used books that are in good physical condition through campus mail to the Surplus Store. If you have more items than will fit in a paper box, please submit a Pick Up Request Form (PURF). Students, faculty, staff and the general public can drop books off at the Surplus Store during regular business hours or at the public drop off center.

Where to Recycle Books

For large office clean-outs departments should submit a service request.

Interior Recycling Stations
Not Accepted

Residence Halls
Not Accepted

Public Drop off Center
Place books in container labeled “books.”

University Apartments Recycling Stations
Not Accepted

Athletic Event Recycling Stations
Place all recyclable materials in one of the single stream recycling containers located throughout the event facility.

Exterior Recycling Stations
Not Accepted

Where Does It Go?

All books are inspected for possible reuse. If the book can be reused it is either sold through the Surplus Store or donated. Books that cannot be sold or donated are recycled. Hardcover books will have their covers and bindings removed. The remaining pages are then separated between white and mixed office paper and sent to a paper mill to be made into new paper products.