Books from the Student Union run second hand bookshop were found dumped in a skip outside of the Science Buildings earlier today. An estimated 500 textbooks had been discarded.
The books had been on sale in the UCDSU bookshop for as little as €2 earlier this week. Two constitutional law books worth over €100 were found.
Several students have voiced their disgust, remedy given the economic problems of many students countrywide, that books have been thrown out. “They give out about being €1.2million in debt. They didn’t make an announcement about these books: they could have given them free to students, especially in the current climate; people are struggling. If there was cheap alcohol going in the Student Union bar they’d be quick enough to send us a text about it,” remarked Brendan McGee, a third year Social Science student.
In response to the dumping, UCDSU Education Officer Sam Geoghegan explained that,. “after the books are in the bookshop for a year they become property of the Students’ Union and the books that are now in the recycling area of Science have been on the system for two, three, or four years. There was minimal chance they would sell so it was decided just before Semester 2 began that we would clear out the bookshop because it was getting very crowded at the end of Semester 1. They were put outside the bookshop for entire week 1 of Semester 2 and they were sold for €2 and any of the profits gained were going to the Welfare Fund. Any books that were unsold had to be disposed of because we’re only allowed have the books outside the the bookshop for one week.”
When queried regarding the possibility of recycling, Geoghegan went on to say, “It was mainly a decision made by the staff in the bookshop. I suppose giving them to a charity shop might have been a good idea but the sheer volume of books might have made it tough to transport to a charity shop.”
“Students came in this morning and saw a skip full of books and obviously this made people really angry.” stated Meabh McMahon, a final year Environmental Biology student who found the books and alerted the College Tribune.
The College Tribune has taken responsibility for the books and are currently distributing them to students outside our office in the Newman Building. Students have been quick to take books relevant to their courses and within an hour of display, only few of the 500 books remain.
A random sample of the books was taken and the cost of the books was estimated to be between €14,000 and €18,000 from comparison of used books on Amazon.
More details as we have them.