Books by the Bushel is conducted annually to provide books for the libraries in over 40 public and private schools in Champaign, Urbana, and Mahomet. Each school librarian submits a wish list of books that would be valuable additions to their library. During the three-day event, members of the community can purchase books from Barnes & Noble in Champaign and donate the books to their school of choice. A bookplate is placed in the book denoting the donor or an honoree. JLCU members then deliver the books to each school.
Last year, over 680 books were donated from wish lists to school libraries. In addition, Books by the Bushel (BBTB) raised over $10,000 through purchases made at Barnes & Noble during the weekend event.