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New homes for chemistry tomes.

New homes for chemistry tomes

Don't throw out old chemistry books. The Washington, D.C.-based American Chemical Society (ACS) recently completed its first offering through Project Bookshare, a program it developed to find new homes for used chemistry books and journals. "We distributed 26 tons," reports ACS's Joyce C. Torio.

Bookshare accepts journals of any age but limits books to text 10 years old or less -- unless they are established "classics," Torio says. Recipients, limited to 300 pounds each offering, may be any college offering chemistry degrees in a developing country or any U.S. school offering chemistry degrees that does not accept public funds. They choose, on a first-come, first-served basis, from a catalog of donations. Though the literature is free, donors and recipients must pay their own shipping costs. More than 100 institutions in the United States and 14 foreign countries have received offerings.

Persons wishing to donate should not send their holdings to ACS. Instead, send a list itemizing what's being offered. ACS will notify donors of what to send to its Bookshare clearinghouse at Bowling Green (Ohio) State University. For more information, contact Torio at: Department of International Activities, American Chemical Society, 1155 16th St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20036, or call 202-872-4548.
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Title Annotation:American Chemical Society program to find uses for used books
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Date:Jul 5, 1986
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