Surplus library books are to be sold online as part of a six-month scheme.
Lancashire County Council currently takes damaged and out-dated stock for recycling.
But the value of waste paper has decreased significantly.and is outweighed by costs.
The average monthly income in 2013 was £137, minus staff and transport costs.
Now the council is recommended to use agent Better World Books for a limited period, which sells items on 50 different websites.
It is estimated this could generate an annual income of around £3,500, based on 100,000 books being collected per year.Any books not sold are donated to charity.
A final decision will be made by County Coun Marcus Johnstone, the cabinet member for environment, planning and cultural services.