Book Donations

Donating Books

We appreciate your donation of new and used books, CDs, DVDs, and audiobooks in good condition. You may request a receipt for tax purposes.

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If you would like to donate money specifically for buying new books, you can be part of the Humboldt Library Foundation's Buy-a-Book Campaign

Before bringing books to the library, please read on to find:

  1. Our book donation policy 
  2. A list of materials the library is unable to accept as donations
  3. For larger donations, how to make an appointment

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 for tax purposes is 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
500 7th St.
Arcata, CA 95521
Ph: 707-822-5954

Blue Lake Library
111 Greenwood Ave.
P.O. Box 236
Blue Lake, CA 95525
Ph: 707-688-4207

Ferndale Library
807 Main St.
P.O. Box 397
Ferndale, CA 95536
Ph: 707-786-9559

Fortuna Library

775 14th St.
Fortuna, CA 95540
Ph: 707-725-3460

Garberville Library
715 Cedar
Garberville, CA 95542
Ph: 707-923-2230
Hoopa Library
Loop Road and Orchard Street
P.O. Box 1407
Hoopa, CA 95546
Ph: 530-625-5082

McKinleyville Library
1606 Pickett Road
McKinleyville, CA 95519
Ph: 707-839-4459

Rio Dell Library
715 Wildwood Ave.
Rio Dell, CA 95562
Ph: 707-764-3333

Trinidad Library
380 Janis Court
P.O. Box 856
Trinidad, CA 95570
Ph: 707-677-0227

Willow Creek Library
At Highways 299 & 96
P.O. Box 466
Willow Creek, CA 95573
Ph: 530-629-2146