is there any way to recycle books, or do they have to be thrown away?
Lambda Sigma has a book collection box in the vending machine room in Pelletier. They are collectioning books to be reused to fight illiteracy.
Otherwise it is hard to recycle books intact. The binding and glue does not agree with paper re-cycling plants. You would have to detach the pages from the backing to put have them recycled as paper.