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What To Do with Used Magazines, Encyclopedias, and Textbooks


What do you do if you have a generous heart and some new or very gently used books, DVDs, videos, or CDs that you don’t need?

 

Of course, Cover of an issue of Good Housekeeping magazine from Febuary 1926 with a picture of two children on the coveryou should donate them to your local branch’s Friends of the Library, who gratefully accept these items at donation bins in all library locations.

 

But here is a tougher question — What do you do if you have a generous heart and some gently used magazines, National Geographic issues, encyclopedias, or textbooks that you don’t need?

 

The answer is that unfortunately, the library and not all of its Friends groups can accept donations of magazines, including National Geographic; encyclopedias; or textbooks.

 

Note: Friends of the Pearl Avenue Library, Friends of the Seven Trees Library, and Friends of the Hillview Library will take gently used textbooks. The Friends of the Cambrian Library will take recent college textbooks.

 

So, where can you donate these kinds of items, especially if you prefer that they be re-used rather than simply recycled?

 

Here is a list of organizations in the local area that may accept donations in these categories — provided that the items are in good condition. This list was compiled by searching recyclestuff.org. Please call each organization before donating, since it may no longer accept the kind of donation you are planning to give.

 

MagazinesCover of National Geographic magazine from September 1931:

Friends of Rose Garden Branch Library - (408) 808-3070
Boys and Girls Club of Silicon Valley - (408) 957-9685

Live Oak Adult Day Care Services - (408) 971-9363

Morgan Hill Library Friends - (408) 779-3196

Mountain View Senior Center - (650) 903-6330

Saratoga Library Friends - (408) 867-6126

 

National Geographic Magazine:

Friends of Rose Garden Branch Library - (408) 808-3070

Boys and Girls Club of Silicon Valley - (408) 957-9685

Live Oak Adult Day Care Services - (408) 971-9363

Morgan Hill Library Friends - (408) 779-3196

Yu-Ai Kai/ Japanese American Senior Services - (408) 294-2505

 

 

Picture of a judge's gavel sitting atop a stack of legal reference books

 

Encyclopedias:

Friends of Hillview Branch Library - (408) 808-3033

Friends of Willow Glen Branch Library - (408) 808-3045

Los Gatos Library Friends - (408) 354-6891

Savers - (408) 287-0591

•Friends Outside in Santa Clara County - (408) 468-0100

•Friendship Church of God in Christ - (408) 258-5445

•Savers Thrift Store - (408) 287-0591

St. Elizabeth's Day Home - (408) 295-3456

 

Textbooks:

•Goodwill - Donation Center - (408) 998-5774 ex248

•Goodwill - Retail Store - (408) 265-5692

•Salvation Army - (408) 286-3291

•Savers Thrift Store - (408) 287-0591
 

 

For where to donate other items that the Friends of the Library cannot accept, you can search the recyclestuff.org database yourself. Like, where can I donate my dust-accumulating classic computing books from the 1970’s?




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