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Community Engagement

Donate unwanted textbooks to the Bridge to Asia Project

Jun 12, 2015

The Emeriti Society and Support Services will be collecting donations for Bridge to Asia as the semester ends. 

The Bridge to Asia collects academic and scholarly books, encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs and atlases.  This year their needs have changed.  The do not need journals, magazines, computer books keyed to specific systems, academic and scholarly journals, 'life-style books' (personal development, cookbooks, pet care, New Age), and books that proselytize a religion or political view. 

The Foundation transports contributions to warehouses in China where college faculty can select materials for their programs at colleges in Asia. They service over 1000 universities from Shanghai to Tibet.  In fields in which currency matters they request that items be dated from 1995 forward.  In Beijing or Hanoi, the price of a book in Western medicine may equal the monthly salary of a doctor.

The University Administration is supporting us by providing a collection area at the Mailroom.  The Mailroom staff will receive your materials, pack them and send  them to the warehouse in Hayward.

If you want to do your own packing here are the instructions:

  • Use sturdy cartons and pack them solidly (loosely packed boxes may burst during shipping)
  • Stack your books on their sides like bricks, at both ends of the carton. Please do not pack them on their spines.
  • Fill spaces with newspaper or small paperbacks
  • Tape the carton shut, label the carton with your name, and address it to Bridge to Asia, MEB Distributing, 25014 VIKING ST., HAYWARD, CA 94545-2704
  • If you are sending multiple cartons, please label them 1/X, 2/X, etc.
  • Deliver to the Mailroom

If you would like to have a receipt for tax purposes, place your name and address on a record sheet at the Mailroom together with the description of your donation. Once the books have been received at the warehouse, we will request that the Foundation send you a receipt.

Note: The Foundation is not permitted to help with appraisals. Some donors have used book prices from Amazon.com or ItsDeductible Online in TurboTax and others have claimed $1 per book or item. Be aware that the IRS knows that faculty receive gratis copies of textbooks from publishers and frowns on tax deduction credits for those texts.

The Emeriti Society wishes to thank the University administration and especially Scott Heaton and Support Services staff for their support of the project.