Donate Your Materials

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We are currently not accepting book donations at any location.

stacks of used books

Once the libraries reopen, the Friends of the Library, will gratefully accept items at donation bins in all library locations except King Library.

Unsolicited Donations of Materials to the Library Collection

Gifts are evaluated based on the same criteria as purchased materials. Acceptance of donated items is subject to the discretion of the collection development librarians. Donated items not added to the collection are not returned to the donor, but instead are offered to the Friends of the Library, which provides funds for system programs. Monetary donations are encouraged as an alternate form of giving that allows collection development librarians to choose materials guided by this policy.

What To Do with Used Magazines, Encyclopedias, and Textbooks

But what if you have gently used magazines, National Geographic issues, encyclopedias, textbooks, or Reader's Digest condensed books that you don’t need? Unfortunately, most library Friends groups do not accept these types of items. So, what can you do with them, especially if you'd 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 Please call each organization before donating, since it may no longer accept the kind of donation you are planning to give.


National Geographic Magazine