Permissibility of disposing of books which have been donated

Question ID: 23603

Mufti Afzal Elias Saheb,
As salaamu alaykum wa rahmatulahi wa barakatuhu,
I make du’a that you are well and enjoying good health.
We are running an Islamic library, with the support of our Muslim community. Our library is in a process of rearrangement and thus we have the following queries:
1. The library has alot of torn and old literature that was donated over the years. We intend disposing these books, as they are old. Is this permissible?
2. The library has multiple copies of many books, as a result one copy is used and the others are left aside. We intend reselling and swopping these extra copies with other Islamic libraries and individuals. Is this permissible? If not, kindly advise us on what should be done with these multiple copies.

Jazakallahu Khairan
Was salaam

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Asked on May 23, 2010 12:00 am
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1) Yes
2) Display this intention in the library and proceed.

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Answered on May 23, 2010 12:00 am