Oregon library halts book-discard effort after list revealed

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A public library in Oregon’s capital city has halted its campaign to discard underused books after a list made public revealed it included books by former Oregon Gov. Mark Hatfield, former president Jimmy Carter and popular scientist Carl Sagan.

The Statesman Journal reports in a story on Saturday that the Salem Public Library will only remove books that are worn beyond repair until after a Jan. 9 Library Advisory Board meeting.

City Librarian Sarah Strahl says the list also includes books that are missing that were moved to the discard list as part of a database cleanup.

City officials say the library gets some 30,000 items into its collection each year and the effort to get rid of underused books is meant to free up space.