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2015 Friends of the Library Book Sale:
The next Friends of the Van Pelt Library's Annual Book Sale has been scheduled for 7-8 April 2015.
The main sale
will be 8 April 2015 from 10 AM to 4:00 PM,
with the Member-only Pre-Sale the evening before, 7 April 2015 from 5 to 7 PM.

Now online: 

Order Your Michigan Tech Blanket!

Order Your Friends Notecards!

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How to Donate Books
for the Friends of the Van Pelt Library Book Sale

  • If you have only a few book sale donations, you may drop them off in the large donation box located in the Library vestibule.
  • If you have a box or bag of books, you may unload them at the Library loading dock. Call a library staff member at the Service Center at 906-487-2508 to have someone meet you at the back door to help.
  • If you need help getting your book sale donation books to the Library and would like someone to come to your house to pick them up, call Dana Richter at 487-2149 or e-mail

For information on what types of materials are accepted (and not accepted),
click here.
 Save Your Receipt: Econo Foods Computers for Kids Program Benefits Library

Time to collect your receipts from Econo to benefit the Van Pelt Library at Michigan Tech. Through its Computers for Kids program, Econo Foods donates to the Friends 1 percent of the sum of all Econo receipts collected. These funds are used to pay for computer systems in the library. Many thanks to those who participated in the past, and a big "keep it up" to all.

Want to help?  Please collect your receipts from Econo Foods and send them to a board member or drop them in the collection box at the circulation desk of the Library. . 

Want to help more?  Put out a collection box in your area and encourage your coworkers to bring in their receipts for our library.  There are drop boxes in the Chemical Engineering office (203 Chem Sci), the Chemistry office (607 Chem Sci), at the Library circulation desk, in the coffee room on the 2nd floor of the Admin building, and in the basement of the EERC.  Every little bit helps.





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