How to Donate Books
Bring them to our Donation Center!
Book Donation Center
438 Treat Avenue
(Between 17th and 18th St., near Harrison)
San Francisco, CA, 94110
Mon-Sat. 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
(Closed most holidays, call in advance with questions)
What We Accept
In addition to books, we accept donations of media and assorted printed material, including:
-LPs (except classical, opera and showtunes)
-Books on CD and tape
-DVDs, Blu-ray discs
-Computer software and console games
-Vintage posters, photos, postcards, travel brochures, maps, menus and other printed material
We do not accept:
-Books that are damp or moldy
-General encyclopedias (World Book, Britannica, etc.)
-Legal statutes and casebooks
-Magazines (SCRAP SF
takes donations of National Geographic and Smithsonian magazines)
-Loose CDs, DVDs, etc. without their cases
-Home-recorded (aka burned) CDs, DVDs, etc.
-VHS tapesPlease contact us before dropping off several (more than 20) copies of the same book.All donations are tax-deductible.
Can't Get to our Donation Center?
We also accept book donations of 5 boxes or less
at Readers Bookstore, Fort Mason
If you have 10 or more
boxes, or 15 shopping bags, of books and materials, we can arrange for a volunteer to pick up your donation. Please complete the Book Donation Pickup Request form
What Happens to my books when I donate them?
Each year we receive nearly half a million donated books, which we in turn resell to the public through two bookstores and a number of book sales
– including the Big Book Sale, the largest book sale
on the west coast.
All profits benefit the Library and many books are donated to schools and other non-profit organizations. Notable books are offered to the special collections of the Library.