Book Donations

Donating Books

We appreciate your donation of materials 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

The Friends of the Redwood Libraries Welcome Donations of the Following Materials

  • Hardcover & Paperback Books in Good Condition
  • Audiobooks on CD or Cassette
  • Music CDs and Vinyl Records
  • DVDs and Video/Computer Games
  • Comics & Graphic Novels

We are Unable to Accept the Materials Below:

  • Books which are missing pages, smelly, warped, torn, stained, mildewed, damaged, wet, or in poor condition
  • Textbooks & Reference Materials Older than 5 years
  • Reader's Digest Condensed Books or Time-Life Sets
  • Encyclopedias 
  • Magazines, Periodicals, or Professional Journals
  • VHS Videos, Music on Cassettes, Older Computer Software
  • AudioVisual Media that is Copied, Incomplete, or Without Original Case & Notes.

Disposal of such items costs money and reduces funds available to the library for the purchase of new materials. Please sort your load to be sure that materials like those listed above are not included with your donation.

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

  1. Our book donation policy 
  2. When, where, and how to drop off your books

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. They will be offered for sale in their book sales, in the bookstore, or online. Proceeds are returned 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.

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: 
How, When, & Where

Small Amounts: Two Bags or Less

Donations of up to 2 bags of materials are received by library staff at the front circulation desk or at the Serendipity Book Store (2nd Floor) during library open hours, on any day the library is open.

Tuesday & Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon

During these hours you may bring larger donations to the door at the left side of the library, near the Wheelchair Accessible parking and Carson Mansion.  The library is closed, but press the buzzer and wait for help.  In most cases volunteers will be available to receive donations on behalf of the library.  Please do not load boxes heavily and do not use oversize boxes.

Appointments for Larger Donations

Donations of more than two bags may be dropped off at a time convenient to you by appointment with the Friends of the Library.  Call 707-269-1995 to make an appointment, or email the Friends at .

Thank You for Your Donation.

We appreciate your support!

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