INDIANA, Pa. — A Pennsylvania university says it will remove more than 170,000 unused books from its shelves.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania spokeswoman Michelle Fryling tells The Indiana Gazette that close to half of the 486,000 books in its collection haven’t been checked out in the past 20 years.

The university says it’s removing the books in a three-phase system, with the first expected to be completed by next month. University officials say the focus will be on books that are now available digitally.

The deaccession process will be handled by the Indiana-based company Better World Books. While they declined to discuss the university’s arrangement, the company says they have reused or recycle close to 300 million books since 2003.

The university says the process will not affect jobs.

Information from: The Indiana Gazette,

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