And how many books are going to be lost. And what some of the titles that "haven't been used in years" are.
Volunteers are breaking some rules that are usually standard at the District of Columbia's central library - they're tearing up books. The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is getting a makeover of sorts. At least 250 volunteers spent part of the weekend pulling about 8,000 books off the shelves, ripping out bar-coded pages and stamping them "withdrawn."
Librarians are taking out old, dirty copies of books that haven't been used in years to make room for new materials, DVDs and CDs. Associate Director Pamela Stovall says they weeded through about 10 percent of the collection. Old books will be donated or sold.