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The Canadian Book Exchange Centre closed its doors and ceased accepting and distributing material as of June 30, 2008.

Read more about the CBEC closure:
Closure of the Canadian Book Exchange Centre

Options for offering and acquiring surplus publications

Listservs and bulletin boards

The Virtual Canadian Book Exchange

Library and Archives Canada maintains CBEC-CCEL as an electronic forum to facilitate the exchange of surplus publications within Canadian libraries and allied communities.

The CBEC listserv ( may be used to share lists of surplus publications or to indicate "want lists". Messages can be posted in English or in French.

To subscribe to the list, send email to:

In the body of the message type: SUBSCRIBE CBEC-CCEL Firstname Lastname

To post a message to the list, send it to:

To unsubscribe from the list, send email to:

In the body of the message type: SIGNOFF CBEC-CCEL

For Common LISTSERV Commands, go to:

Other listservs, bulletin boards and directories

Legal material

Canadian Association of Law Libraries listserv (CALL-L)

Government Documents

The Directory of Special Collections of Research Value in Canadian Libraries may also lead you to focused collections willing to take material.

Tell us about another venue for exchanging surplus publications:

Want more help? Email our Reference Division at

Organizations willing to take surplussed library material by genre (under development)

Tell us about organizations willing to take material: