University Collections

Watch the following video for a short visual overview on Simply Textbook university collections. It’s a little out of date since the time it was created, but it’s enough to give you a taster. It will be updated in due course.

If you are not serving or *recently retired (*within 2 years) university staff, please click here.

Where Simply Textbook collects from ๐ŸŒŽ

Simply Textbook is very happy to collect from any university location in England ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ and Wales ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ. (Please note, this may in some cases be subject to minimum quantity requirements).

From April 2024, Simply Textbook has very reluctantly decided to discontinue offering collections in Scotland ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ. Being based in the south of England, the time, distance and cost of visits to Scotland has over time become just too much of a stretch to be economical and manageable.

Since being established in 2017, Simply Textbook has had the tremendous pleasure of collecting books from staff at the following universities:

Aberdeen ๐Ÿ“š Aberystwyth ๐Ÿ“š Anglia Ruskin ๐Ÿ“š Bangor ๐Ÿ“š Bath Spa ๐Ÿ“š Bedfordshire ๐Ÿ“šBirkbeck ๐Ÿ“š Birmingham ๐Ÿ“š Bolton ๐Ÿ“š Brunel ๐Ÿ“š Buckingham ๐Ÿ“š Cambridge ๐Ÿ“š Cardiff ๐Ÿ“š Central Lancashire ๐Ÿ“š Chester ๐Ÿ“š City ๐Ÿ“š Coventry ๐Ÿ“š Dundee ๐Ÿ“š Durham ๐Ÿ“š East Anglia ๐Ÿ“š Edge Hill ๐Ÿ“š Edinburgh ๐Ÿ“š Essex ๐Ÿ“š Falmouth ๐Ÿ“š Glasgow ๐Ÿ“š Glion Institute of Higher Education ๐Ÿ“š Glyndลตr ๐Ÿ“š Goldsmiths ๐Ÿ“š Hertfordshire ๐Ÿ“š Hull ๐Ÿ“š Imperial College ๐Ÿ“š Keele ๐Ÿ“š King’s College London ๐Ÿ“š Lancaster ๐Ÿ“š Leeds Trinity ๐Ÿ“š Leicester ๐Ÿ“š Liverpool John Moores ๐Ÿ“š London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine ๐Ÿ“š Loughborough ๐Ÿ“š Manchester Metropolitan ๐Ÿ“š Newcastle ๐Ÿ“š Northumbria ๐Ÿ“š Nottingham ๐Ÿ“š Nottingham Trent ๐Ÿ“š Open University ๐Ÿ“š Oxford ๐Ÿ“š Oxford Brookes ๐Ÿ“š Plymouth ๐Ÿ“š Plymouth Marjon ๐Ÿ“š Robert Gordon ๐Ÿ“š Salford ๐Ÿ“š Sheffield ๐Ÿ“š Sheffield Hallam ๐Ÿ“š Southampton ๐Ÿ“š Southampton Solent ๐Ÿ“š South Wales ๐Ÿ“š Stirling ๐Ÿ“š Strathclyde ๐Ÿ“š Sussex ๐Ÿ“š University Academy ’92 ๐Ÿ“š University College London ๐Ÿ“š Wales Trinity St David ๐Ÿ“š Warwick ๐Ÿ“š Wolverhampton ๐Ÿ“š York ๐Ÿ“š York St John

We are always very keen to add to this list!

Minimum or maximum quantity? ๐Ÿงฎ

If you have received an email from Simply Textbook offering you a collection at your university on a specific date, whether you have 1 book or 100, there is no minimum or maximum quantity restriction.

If you have proactively contacted Simply Textbook requesting a collection, this may be subject to a minimum quantity requirement. This would usually be at least a few hundred to make the trip economically viable. This may increase or decrease depending on your location, and if it is possible to combine your collection with others in your area, or en route to your area.

Who we collect from ๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿซ

Simply Textbook would love to hear from any member of university staff that needs to safely and conveniently relinquish any books they no longer require.

Perhaps you are a Professor approaching retirement, or an Admin or Facilities Manager tasked with clearing an office in a hurry. Please contact us, and we will be very happy to assist.

What we can accept โœ…

Books of an academic nature are preferred. However, we never cherry pick the ‘best’ books and leave the rest! We are very happy and grateful to collect ALL books that you present for collection.

That is: any published book with an ISBN (or pre-dating ISBN). Academic and non-academic. Fiction and non-fiction. ANY subject, genre, language, age, condition. Any published book with an ISBN, full stop.

Simply Textbook DOES also now accept music CDs and movie DVDs/Blu-Rays (no audio or VHS cassettes); and gaming console discs.

What we can’t accept โŒ

Simply Textbook does NOT accept the following:

Academic journals, periodicals, brochures, pamphlets, magazines, manuals, directories, dissertations, or any other item that does not have an ISBN and is not a published book.

How we collect ๐Ÿš›

Unlike some other book collectors and collection services, we always come to you and collect directly from where your books are located.

We do not ask you to move the books anywhere further than outside your office door, and we require no heavy lifting from you at all. No picking and choosing takes place, all the ISBN published books that you present for collection will be collected.

We always bring our own loading crates and a trolley. You can choose to load the books into boxes, or leave them loose.

Our van can carry up to a maximum of around 1600 average sized/weight books in one trip. If you think you may have more books than we can carry in one visit, please let us know in your request form.

Particularly with the increased levels of home working since the Covid pandemic, Simply Textbook is very happy to collect from home addresses within a reasonable distance from the campus.

For home collections, we do not come into your home to remove books from bookcases. The books MUST be boxed or bagged up in advance of our arrival, and be ready for collection at ground level. We prefer the boxes/bags to be left outside your front door, provided the books are adequately wrapped up so as to avoid any threat of rain damage.

Payments ๐Ÿ’ท

We do not offer payment for any books.

Collections for serving and recently retired (within last 2 years) members of staff at any university in England and Wales are always offered free of charge.