We recycle over one million books each year, keeping them in the hands of readers and out of landfills, saving nearly 50 tons of paper and 250 tons of green house gas emissions.


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)

Please Note: Our Donation Center will be closed on Saturday, March 28th and on Monday, March 6th. We apologize for any inconvenience.

What We Accept

In addition to books, we accept donations of media and assorted printed material, including:

-Audio CDs
-LPs (except classical, opera and showtunes)
-Books on CD and tape
-DVDs, Blu-ray discs
-Computer software and console games
-Text books
-Graphic Novels
-Comic Books

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 tapes

Please 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.