We appreciate your donation of new and used books, CDs, DVDs, and audiobooks. You can donate money specifically for buying books to the Humboldt Library Foundation's Buy-a-Book campaign, or you may drop off new or used books in good condition at the library.
If you plan to bring a donation of books to the library, please read the book donation policy below.
Book Donation Policy
The following guidelines apply to donated materials:
All donations become the property of the library. Librarians will evaluate donated materials to determine which will be added to the library collection. Content and format, condition, number of copies already in the collection, the need to provide a balanced collection, patron interest and other considerations may affect whether or not a book is added to the collection.
Donations which are not added to the collection will be given to the Friends of the Redwood Libraries or to Friends Groups supporting branch libraries. They will be offered for sale in their book sales. Proceeds from these book sales come back to the library and are used to purchase new materials.
Donations which are not appropriate for the collection and not appropriate for book sales will be discarded.
Please Do Not Bring the Following to the Library:
The following types of materials will not be accepted as donations:
Materials which are missing pages or parts, mildewed, wet, stained, musty or in poor condition
Computer software manuals older than 3 years
Encyclopedias or Time-Life Book Sets
Most magazines and professional journals
Reader's Digest Condensed Books
Textbooks older than 5 years
Disposal of such items is a significant cost that reduces funds available to the library for the purchase of new materials. Please be sure that materials like those listed above are not included with your donation. Call 707-269-1905 if you have questions.
Receipts are Available
Receipts noting the number of items donated are available on request. A determination of the fair market value of donated materials will be the responsibility of the donor.
Donating Books at the Main Library
Small Amounts: Two Bags or Less
Donations of 1 to 2 bags of materials are received by library staff at the front circulation desk during library open hours.
Appointments for Larger Donations
Donations of more than two bags may be dropped off by appointment with the Friends of the Library. Call 707-269-1995 to make an appointment.
Donating Books at a Branch Library
Donations may be delivered to the branch libraries during library open hours. If you plan to drop off a large donation, please call ahead to discuss it. Branch Library locations and telephone numbers are below.
Arcata Library Website
500 7th St.
Arcata, CA 95521
Blue Lake Library Website
111 Greenwood Ave.
P.O. Box 236
Blue Lake, CA 95525
Ferndale Library Website
807 Main St.
P.O. Box 397
Ferndale, CA 95536
Fortuna Library Website
775 14th St.
Fortuna, CA 95540
Garberville Library Website
Garberville, CA 95542
Hoopa Library Website
Loop Road and Orchard Street
P.O. Box 1407
Hoopa, CA 95546