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Accepting donations at 438 Treat Avenue until Thursday, June 4, 2015
After this date we will no longer be accepting donations at this location. Please drop off your donated items with our partner, Community Thrift, until we are open at our new location.

After seven years at 438 Treat Avenue we are packing our books and heading to brighter, bigger digs at 1630 17th Street (between Carolina and Wisconsin). Our space will allow for expanded on-line sales, more storage for our online sales and the mountains of generous donations from all of you that continue to pour in!

Grand Opening of the new Donation Center slated for mid-July! 
Stay tuned for details. For more information please contact our Donation Center Manager, Richie Thomas at (415) 522-8606 or email us at info@friendssfpl.org

New Location:

Book Donation Center
Accepting donations until Thursday, June 4th 

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:

-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

For a complete list of items that we are not currently accepting at this time, please see below.

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

Residential Book Pick-Ups Suspended
Effective May 13, 2015 we will no longer be picking up book donations from residential locations. Suspensions of this service will last at least through July 31, 2015

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.

Complete list of  items we are not currently accepting:
  • Books with significant underlining, highlighting, or notes
  • Books that are must, moldy or mildwewed
  • Books that smell of tobacco
  • 78 rpm records
  • CDs or DVDs without cases
  • Classical, Opera, or Show Tune LPs
  • VHS tapes
  • Audio Cassettes
  • Home-recorded (burned) or pirated CDs or DVDs
  • Posters and framed artwork
  • General encyclopedias (Britannica, World Book, etc.)
  • Legal statues, casebooks, and similar law library materials
  • Ex-library teen and children's books
  • High school text books
  • Book Club Editions
  • Individual sheet music
  • Libretti
  • Travel guides more than 5 years old
  • Computer books published between 1990 and 2005
  • Tax preparation guidebooks
  • Test preparation guides
  • Books published by the Heritage Press
  • Books published by Readers Digest or Bottom Line
  • Book published by Rodale Inc.
  • Hardbound American Heritage
  • The Compact OED (two larger volumes in slipcase with magnifying glass)
  • The Will and Ariel Durant Series
  • The Harvard Classics
  • Hardbound Horizon Magazine
  • Large dictionaries 
  • Magazines
  • MHQ (Military Historic Quarterly)
  • Romance novels
  • The Great Books of the Western World series
  • Any Time-Life series
  • Zagat guides
  • AAA guidebooks
  • Cliffs Notes