UNB has recently partnered with Textbooks for Change (TB4C) and is joining over 20 universities and campuses across Canada to help provide affordable and accessible educational material to students within the country and across the globe. Our textbook donation drop-box can be found in the main lobby of the Harriet Irving Library, where you can donate your used textbooks anytime during operational hours. What is special about our drop-box? It is the first of its kind in all of New Brunswick!
Who is Textbooks for Change?
Textbooks for Change is a Canadian based organization that donates used textbooks which started at Western University in 2013. Their vision is that education should be a right, not a privilege. For their model, they donate 50% of textbooks to campus partners in East Africa, resell 20% of textbooks at affordable prices to students, and recycle the other 30% of material that is out of date or unusable. On the other side of the globe, they are partnered with over 15 East African universities, reaching over 500,000 students.
Why should you donate your used textbooks?
The universities partnered with TB4C in East Africa have a significant deficit in educational material, as well as severely limited access to digital material. Thus, students at these universities often cannot obtain the information they require for their university studies. From an interview with a Kenyan Librarian, when asked “Have you, this academic year, turned away students who needed access to textbooks?”, to which they responded- “Very often. Of 10 students, about 4 might get their request”. By donating your post-secondary textbooks, you are helping make education a right to all.
For more information, you can check out their website: textbooksforchange.com