Some of you may not even know that there is a library at Harlow Carr. Well, there is, and you’re all welcome to pop in to see us and look at our wonderful range of gardening books and up-to-date magazines.
And if the sight of a librarian’s cheery face isn’t incentive enough to drop in, perhaps the idea of a book sale is. The library has been running a book sale since April last year and many people have already grabbed themselves a bargain or two.
If your bookshelves at home are as densely populated as ours are in the library then you’ll know that every now and then you have to (albeit reluctantly) take some to the local charity shop. We are much the same, and occasionally have to remove some items from our stock. However, we ARE the charity, so we sell these items to raise money to help fund our work.
Additionally, we have very generous and thoughtful patrons; members of the RHS, or sometimes not, who think of us when they’re clearing their shelves, and will donate their lovely books to us. When this happens our first task is to check that we don’t already have a copy of the book. If we don’t, we add it to stock. We also check whether it is in stock at one of our other RHS libraries. If we and all our libraries already have a good, sound copy of the donated item then we will price it up and put it in the book sale to raise money for the libraries.
We endeavour to price items realistically. Unfortunately, this means there are rarely any of the 50p bargains you might find in a high street charity shop. However, our prices are fair, and are checked against booksellers online. A barely-read or out-of-print book will obviously cost more than a well-thumbed, widely-available popular title.
So, come on in and have a rummage. You never know what gem you might uncover.