As part of our Covid safety measures, we now require appointments be made in advance for all drop-off donations. Please read the following information about donations and then click the "Make an Appointment" button below to schedule a drop-off.We cannot accept donations, no matter how small, without an appointment.
Each donation appointment is limited to 20 boxes or 30 bags of items. Use containers that you are willing to leave with us. If you have more items to donate, you can make additional appointments. For exceptionally large donations—estates, store inventories, libraries—please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415-522-8603 with the details so that we can make special arrangements. You can also contact David if you're having difficulty with the appointment page.
What we accept At Friends of the SFPL, we sell donated items to further our mission of supporting the San Francisco Public Library System. In addition to books, we accept CDs, DVD & Blu-ray, vinyl, computer & videogames, and books on CD. We are always looking for popular and perennial titles in good condition. We are also eager to receive technical, academic, and collectible books that we can sell through our eBay and Amazon storefronts. We accept books in all languages. Our staff and volunteers are experienced with rare and collectible books, and we thoroughly examine all donated materials to identify valuable and exceptional items.
We ask that you not donate books that are moldy, water-damaged, musty from long storage in a garage or basement, heavily highlighted or underlined, showing signs of insect or rodent infestation, or smelling of tobacco. If in doubt, ask yourself, “Would I read this book in bed?” We do not accept encyclopedia sets, magazines, VHS or cassette tapes, artwork, clothing, or household items. We also don't accept former library books with call numbers, card pockets, and the like. Preparing items for Donation Please box or bag your donations in advance, especially if you have a large quantity. We will no longer be able to assist you in moving donations from your vehicle to our donation bins, so please only use containers that you or someone accompanying you will be able to lift and move ten feet.
What to expect when you arrive If you are driving your donation to us, you can parallel park in one of the reserved spots in front of our building. Use the intercom outside the building to let us know you have arrived, and a volunteer will open the garage door to receive your donation. Donors and Friends volunteers must wear masks and practice social distancing during drop-offs. You will carry your boxes and bags of donations about ten feet to our bins. A volunteer will be on hand to answer questions and give brief information, but will not be able to help move your donations. Donation receipts will be available at the drop-off point.
Update on Book Program
Friends’ Bookstore at the Main Library is open!
$1 Step Sales at the Main Library will be resume by the call of 2021
There will be no Big Book Salein fall 2021
Book donations at the Donation Center in Potrero Hill are by appointment only. For more information, click here.
We look forward to hosting community book sales and events when it's safe!