Boxes of old books. (Photo by Bluesnap/Pixabay)

The Contra Costa County Library will host its annual book giveaway from July 16 through July 20 with books from the 26 Contra Costa County community libraries available at the Pleasant Hill branch.

The giveaway is open to the public and will be located in the shipping and receiving area of the library, 75 Santa Barbara Road, from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

The thousands of books available at the giveaway have been removed from the library collection due to low circulation, poor condition or irrelevance.

“Removing materials is standard practice for libraries and helps patrons to easily locate books and discover new items,” said County Librarian Melinda Cervantes.

Cervantes said the process helps staff to identify gaps and create space for new material in the libraries.

Books will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and members of the public are advised to bring their own boxes or bags to transport materials.

For more details contact Library Administration at [email protected] or 925-608-7700.