What to Do With Old Nursing School Textbooks?

by | May 10, 2022 | New Nurse | 2 comments

Let’s say you are a graduated nurse and have plenty of old nursing school textbooks. One thing to remember is that they get outdated really quickly. So the question is, what to do with them? You might think that you may need these books for reference in the future.

But … a lot of information is available on the internet. The books might have some information, but you likely will find more updated info online.

You might want to keep a few books as a memory. I still have just a few of my old textbooks from my BSN degree days. There are many ways you can use to get benefits from your old nursing school textbooks.

Let’s explore each of them one by one.

What to Do With Old Nursing School Textbooks?

Donate to Any Deserving Student

The first thing is, if you know someone one year earlier than you and doesn’t have the money to purchase nursing books, you could donate your old ones to that person. You can either give them away or sell them at a discounted price. This way you can help someone and also get rid of the books. 

Sell Them

You can also sell your old nursing school textbooks to future nurses, either do it online or in person. Many nursing students are looking for good and cheap nursing books. So this could be a great way to make some money and get rid of the books simultaneously. 

  • When it comes to selling books online, you can use platforms like eBay, Amazon, or Craigslist.
  • For offline, you can go to local bookstores and see if they are interested in buying them from you.

Remember that you will not get the total price of the book whether you sell it online or offline. You will get less than the full price for the books because they are used. But, it’s better than nothing.

Burn Them

Well, it is possible that you might be so done with your nursing school textbooks that the only thing you want to do is burn them. I definitely get wanting to do that!

But before you do that, think about all the ways mentioned above. Maybe save the one that was the most frustrating to you to burn, but donate the rest!

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Donate Your Books to Developing Countries

Developing countries like Pakistan, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Nepal always need textbooks for nursing education. If you’re not going to use your old nursing school textbooks, why not donate them to these countries? You can either ship them yourself or find an organization that will do it for you.

It would be best if you donated these books to these countries because the information available in the books of the United States is more advanced than in developing countries. This way, you can help them and clear some space in your room. To donate the books, you can find organizations here.

Donate to a Library in Your Area

If your area has a library, you could donate your old nursing school textbooks to them. This is a great way to help your community and use those books for a good cause. Libraries are always in need of textbooks, so this is a great way to give back.

You can donate them directly to the library or sell them to the library at a discounted price. Just make sure that you talk to the librarian before donating them so they can let you know what type of books they are looking for.

This way you can use them and whenever you want to see them again you can go to the library and check them out.

Rent Books

As you know, nursing major nursing textbooks are usually very expensive. They will be of no use to you if you keep them. You will have to sell or donate them after some time. But wait, there is another option. You can give your major nursing textbook for rent. So, what is the best way to do this?

You can give your books on rent for a short period and get them returned when they are done. This is also a great way to earn some money and keep your college textbooks.

Many companies do this. Some of these companies are Chegg, Bookrenter, and CampusBookRentals. You can find these companies online or in your local area and add your books.

Why Should You Sell Nursing Books?

You might have this question in your mind why should you sell your nursing books.

  • First is, as you know that keeping your books will take up space. If you move, they’re a heavy item to move to your new location, especially when they’re not something you’re actively using.
  • Second, if you keep the books and never use them again, they become outdated. But if you can sell them and donate, someone else can get benefit from those books.
  • Third, many people want to buy nursing books at affordable prices, especially if they are in good condition.
  • Finally, selling your nursing book can help you earn some money that you can use for other purposes, like using that money to buy new books for your next semester.

Therefore, selling a nursing book is a good decision that you will never regret.

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Ending Thoughts

If you are looking for ways to get rid of your old nursing school textbooks, you should consider one of the methods I mentioned. Just make sure to do it to make sense for you. And don’t forget to take pictures of the burning process. Because who doesn’t like a good fire selfie?

FAQs for What to Do With Old Nursing School Textbooks

Where to Donate Nursing Textbooks?

If you want to donate your books, there are some non-profit organizations out there that you can give them to. These organizations will usually send the textbooks to countries in need, which can be really helpful. Some of these organizations are below.

The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia Program
Book Aid International
Books For Africa
Bridge to Asia
Global Medical Libraries
Sabre Foundation
University at Albany, State University of New York

Can I Rent My Books Out?

Yes, you can rent your books out. This way you can help those students who can’t afford expensive books and still can learn.

Should I Sell My Nursing Textbooks?

This is a question that only you can answer. If you think that you will never use the book again, then selling it might be a good idea. You can also sell it if it is outdated or if you need money for other purposes. Just make sure to research how much your book is worth before selling it. That way, you will get the most money for your book.

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    1. Janny Planting

      I would love to donate my nursing books to a country in need. However to get them there would be very expensive. Are there organizations in the Houston or Texas areas willing to take the books. I don’t mind bringing them free of charge.
      Thank you.

      • FreshRN Team

        I’d check out Better World Books. They have several drop-off locations in the Houston area. Better World Books is a certified B-Corporation and a for-profit global e-retailer that collects and sells new and used books online matching each purchase with a book donation, Book-for-Book™. Each sale generates funds for literacy and education initiatives in the UK, US, and worldwide. Since its launch in 2003, Better World Books has raised more than $27 million for libraries and literacy, donated over 26 million books, and reused or recycled over 300 million books.


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