We routinely get calls from attorneys who are looking to get rid of law books. They may be retiring or downsizing. The answer has evolved, but it is generally harder to find a home for law books now than in the past.
The first recommendation we make is to post on email lists for other lawyers. The Oregon State Bar’s section email lists can be a great way to find a newer attorney looking to make their office look lawyerly, or build a law library.
We have referred people to The Lawbook Exchange, an east coast company that specializes in used law books. Another large used book vender, although it doesn’t specialize in law, is Better World Books. One can also check with local used book stores, or possibly antique dealers for older books.
Another option may be set companies for movie or TV filming or theaters. The Portland Film Office or the Oregon Media Production Association may be able to help find relevant companies. Or ask your local theater.
Another trend, as reported by The New York Times, is using books to create fake book furniture (Fake Books Are a Real Home Décor Trend, 4/28/23). It might be worth reaching out to local artist communities.
Finally, when all else fails we recommend contacting your local recycling businesses to ask about book recycling. Books can present issues with recycling, from the materials in hard-covers to the glue on the spines. So please don’t just toss them in the recycling. Some vendors may take them or refer you to companies that can. For example, Far West Recycling will take books at their Portland, Hillsboro, and Tualatin locations.