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Bridge to Asia book collection goes year-round

Emeriti program to accept year-round book donations for the Bridge to Asia
Aug 1, 2016

Individuals wishing to donate used text books for Bridge to Asia may do so year-round.

Books can be delivered at any time of the year to the Stockton campus Pacific Mail Services. One can make arrangements with the Mailroom to pick up books from offices anywhere on campus also. Boxes will be placed in key locations in the academic buildings to facilitate the book donations at the end of each semester. Should you need assistance for any special circumstances or if you have any questions, please email Scott Heaton as "   

Bridge to Asia
The Bridge to Asia collects new and used academic and scholarly books, encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs, and atlases. They transport them to warehouses in China where college faculty come to select materials for their programs at more than a thousand colleges and Universities from Shanghai to Tibet.

For information on the types of books and subjects needed, visit the Bridge to Asia books needed web page>>

The Support Services Department is providing a collection area at the Mailroom. 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:

  1. Use sturdy cartons and pack them solidly (loosely packed boxes may burst during shipping).
  2. Stack your books on their sides like bricks, at both ends of the carton.
  3. Please do not pack them on their spines. Fill spaces with newspaper or small paperbacks.
  4. 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
  5. If you are sending multiple cartons, please label them 1/X ... X/X
  6. Then deliver them 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 size of your donation. Once the books have been received at the warehouse, we will request that the Foundation send you a receipt.

The Foundation is not permitted to help with appraisals. Some donors have used book prices from 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 extends thanks to the University administration and especially Scott Heaton for support of the project.

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