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:
-LPs (except classical, opera and showtunes)
-Books on CD and tape
-DVDs, Blu-ray discs
-Computer software and console games
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.