Library of Congress Surplus Books Program

Our office is happy to help Hoosier teachers and librarians build their libraries.
The Library of Congress has available at all times, for donation to eligible organizations and institutions, surplus books which are not needed for the Library's own uses. Eligible organizations and institutions must be located in Indiana and fall into one of the following categories:

  • Full-time, tax-supported or nonprofit educational institution: school, school system, college, university, museum, or public library.
  • Agency of local, state, or federal government.
  • Nonprofit institution or organization that has tax-exempt status under the provisions of section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (see 41 CFR 101-44.207 (a)(17)) and that operates a library and/or research center open to the public.

Watch the video above to learn more.

Books selected from the Library's Surplus Books Program may not be sold for any reason. The guiding principle behind the program is to build library collections - not to raise funds for institutions or organizations.
If you are visiting Washington, DC. and are a teacher or librarian, you are able to go to the Library of Congress to pick out the books yourself.
Our office is also happy to select books on your behalf and ship them to your school or library.
If your office is interested in participating in the Surplus Books Program, please contact Corey Cowan at with the following information:

  • Name of a person of contact
  • Name of school, library, or organization
  • Address of school, library, or organization
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Age range of the readers
  • Fiction or non-fiction books
  • Any specific topics that you would like for us to look for
  • The date by which you will need the books