THE shelves of a York charity shop are groaning with the weight of new books and CDs ahead of Christmas thanks to York St John University.

Staff and students at the university have been decluttering their homes ahead of the festive season – donating hundreds of books, DVDs and CDs to the Oxfam bookshop in Low Petergate.

Two donation points have been put in place at the university and many more donations are expected.

John McKay, manager of the Oxfam bookshop in Low Petergate, said: “All the books, DVDs and CDs donated will be sold in this shop to raise money for Oxfam causes. We are really pleased to be working with an organisation like York St John University as it gives us an opportunity to strengthen our relationships within our community.”

Martell Linsdell, widening participation co-ordinator at the university, said: “Donating to Oxfam has been a great opportunity for the whole university community to contribute to Oxfam’s International effort.

“At the same time as making space on our shelves we have also had the chance to buy new reading material from the Oxfam bookshop, creating a perfect cycle of exchange and benefiting some great causes.”

Anyone wishing to donate to the Oxfam bookshop can do so in the university’s Holgate reception until the end of November or drop into the shop in Low Petergate.

To find out more about the Oxfam bookshop, which has been trading in Low Petergate for more than ten years, visit