2012-2013 BWB Campus Book Drives

Gettysburg College Alpha Pi Nu Chapter BWB Bookdrive
Members of the Alpha Pi Nu Chapter at Gettysburg College pack books for Better World Books.

Better World Books

Every year more Sigma Tau Delta chapters are stepping up to provide their campus with a socially and environmentally responsible outlet for books through a Better World Books (BWB) book drive. The program is completely free to chapters and has raised more than 10 million dollars for non-profit literacy initiatives and libraries worldwide. BWB provides all the supplies needed for chapters to run a successful book drive (collection bins, posters, shipping boxes) and covers all shipping costs. The collected books are shipped to the BWB warehouse and are listed for resell on over twenty online marketplaces. Every book that sells funds the non-profit partner of your choice. Books we are unable to sell are donated to a literacy partner or recycled. No books will be sent to landfills.

Ship Fall Drive Books by Friday, December 14 for 2012 credit.

2012-2013 Program

The Campus Book Drive program makes it easier for chapters to raise more money, help break the cycle of poverty through literacy, and make a larger environmental impact on campus!

Sigma Tau Delta chapters will earn $1.00 for every accepted book (A-List).

The A-List (Accepted Books)

You like A's and BWB does too. Here are the books that make the grade "Accepted" to list for resell online.

  • College textbooks and study guides (clean and readable condition) with copyright dates from the past 10 years. Please do not send course packets or custom publications.
  • Workbooks with no missing pages.
  • Any book used in a college classroom.

Notes: Highlighting and/or writing in books is fine, as long as text is not obscured. Accompanying CDs are great to send along as well, but they are not required. To make sure your effort pays off, minimize collecting books from the community, thrift stores, general bookstore, etc., as these books typically do not qualify as accepted books.

The D-List (Donate)

D is for please donate or recycle locally. No matter how hard you try people will donate books that are in poor condition. Books with these defects will not be accepted and should not be sent to BWB.

  • Moldy
  • Water damaged
  • Missing parts
  • Broken bindings

To recycle bad condition books locally, Better World Books recommends www.earth911.com.


Exclusive Awards for Sigma Tau Delta:

  1. Become eligible to apply for a paid summer internship for six weeks with BWB.
  2. Receive the BWB Book Drive Project Award: The winning chapter receives a $100 donation, sponsored by BWB, to give to a charity of their choice. The award will be presented at the Sigma Tau Delta annual convention.
  3. The chapters with the most collect "Accepted Books" are included on the Top 25 BWB/Sigma Tau Delta Campus Drive List.

Environmental and Literacy Impact

Since the start of our partnership with Better World Books campus drives (2009-2010 academic year), our participation has produced

  • Pounds of books diverted from landfills: over 200,000
  • Number of trees that waste diversion represents: over 2,500
  • Funds raised for literacy partners: over $12,000
  • Books donated to literacy partners: over 20,000

Every participating chapter receives an environmental report illustrating their chapter's environmental impact.

Details on Better World Books environmental and literacy impact.

Start Your Better World Campus Book Drive Today!

Contact BWB at campus@betterworldbooks.com or 888-510-7103 x1706.