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Alibris helps restock hurricane-devastated libraries

Online retailer matches customer donations of new and used books

EMERYVILLE, CA—October 10, 2005—Alibris, the premiere destination for used, new, and out-of-print books, is inviting booklovers to donate books to libraries devastated by Hurricane Katrina. The online used-book seller has partnered with the Texas Library Association (TLA), which is administering the book donation program.

Alibris has created an online Gulf Coast book wishlist at, where customers can donate new or used books to libraries in Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi that were destroyed or damaged by Hurricane Katrina. For each book donated by a customer, Alibris will donate a book to the drive.

"We share our customers' passion for books and for reading-whether for education or entertainment," said Alibris CEO Martin Manley. "Alibris wants to make sure that communities have the books they need as they rebuild. Ours may be a small contribution-but with enough small contributions, we can help millions of people to get back on their feet."

According to the American Library Association, dozens of public, school, academic, and private libraries have sustained significant damage. Affected Gulf Coast libraries will have to rebuild local historic collections in addition to restocking general reading materials.

"Alibris, with its extensive selection of out-of-print and rare books, is a natural partner for this effort," says TLA representative Gloria Meraz. "The hurricane damage has been tragic on many levels, but we're pleased to be able to add to relief efforts on behalf of booklovers."

The Alibris wishlist will be available at least through the end of October. TLA has arranged to hold donations until the affected libraries are ready for shipments.

About Alibris
Alibris is the premiere online destination for new, used, rare, and out-of- print books. We connect people who love books, music, and movies to the best independent sellers from 45 countries around the world. Our proprietary technology and advanced logistics allow us to offer over 60 million used, new, and out-of-print books to consumers, libraries, and retailers, which include Barnes & Noble, Borders,, and Books-A-Million. Founded in 1998 and acquired by Oak Hill Capital Partners in 2006, Deloitte named Alibris a “Fast 50” and a “Technology Fast 500” growth business in 2005. Alibris is a registered trademark. 

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