Donate Books

Donating Books to the Library


Can I donate books and materials to the library?

The library accepts donations of recent books, recorded books, CDs, DVDs, and Blu-Ray discs.  Donations should be clean and in good condition.   See guidelines listed below.


When can I donate materials?

Donations can be made at the library during our regular business hours.  Please be aware that library staff may not be available to help unload a donation. 


Where can I donate materials?

The Friends of the Library have a collection box in the lobby for donations. 

If you have a very large donation (Multiple large boxes) please stop at  the main circulation desk at the library.    Staff may direct you to place large donations in another area of the library.    


What happens to donated materials?

The library reviews donated materials and adds suitable materials to the library's collection.  Remaining books and materials go to the Friends of the Library for their annual book sale to raise funds to support the library.   Once accepted, donations are property of the Library and cannot be returned to the donor.


Is my donation tax deductible?

Donations may be tax deductible on your federal taxes.    Please check with your tax advisor.   Please ask for a tax receipt at the time of your donation.   Library staff cannot assign a dollar amount to your donation, and you are responsible for assessing the value of the donation.    Tax receipts are not given for items placed into the Friends of the Library collection box located in the lobby. 


Book Donation Guidelines:

Please bring your materials in boxes or bags that you can leave with the library. 

Do not leave donated materials in the outside bookdrop or outside of the building.

The library reserves the right to refuse donations.


Desirable donations

  • Hardcover and paperback books in good condition
  • Commercially published media  (CDs and DVDs)
  • Books on tape or CD in good condition

We cannot accept:

  • Damaged books with broken bindings, missing pages, or with excessive writting in the text
  • Anything stained with water, dust, mold or with a noticeable odor
  • Computer books, Law Books, Health books older than 5 years old
  • Religious books
  • Non-fiction books published more than 10 years ago, and clearly outdated materials
  • Magazines
  • Travel guides, textbooks, encyclopedias and  technical books older than 5 years
  • Reader's Digest condensed books
  • Encyclopedia sets over 3 years old
  • Yard sale items
  • Non-commercially produced media
  • Computer software or equipment