Surplus library books to be sold onlime

County Councillor Marcus Johnstone.
County Councillor Marcus Johnstone.

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.