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Please Bring Us Your Books, CDs, DVDs, Games, Puzzles, Software, and Artwork

At our monthly book sales, Friends of the Palo Alto Library finds new readers/users for your donated items and contributes net proceeds to purchase new materials, technology, and furniture for the Palo Alto libraries.  During 2004-2012, FOPAL contributed over $2 million!

We gladly accept:

  • Art
  • Fiction and nonfiction books
  • Textbooks and computer books
  • Commercially recorded items: music on CDs or cassettes, audio books on CDs or cassettes, movies on  DVD, Blu-ray, or VHS
  • Software and manuals
  • Records (45s, 78s, LPs)
  • Ephemera (e.g. vintage posters, postcards, travel brochures, greeting cards, etc.)
  • Maps (folded or rolled)
  • Puzzles, games, and toys
  • Sheet music
  • Small collectibles, (e.g. figurines, bookends, souvenirs, etc.)

We do not accept:

  • Soiled, moldy, water damaged, or partial books (General Guideline: if you would not give it to a friend, please don’t give it to the Friends!)
  • Magazines or newspapers
  • Reader’s Digest condensed books
  • Encyclopedias
  • Home copied/burned or non-commercially recorded audio or video cassettes or CDs
  • Advertising material (except items of exceptional historical value)
  • Legal statutes or codes
  • American Automobile Association maps of the United States

PLEASE no large boxes – they are too heavy for volunteers to lift.  “Xerox” or bankers boxes OK.

Dropoff Location/Hours:

Please bring ALL donations to: FOPAL Main Book Sale Room, Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto (rear of campus, north entrance, next to the tennis courts, see Maps and Directions) Monday – Saturday, 2-4 pm, EXCEPT during our monthly sales on the second Saturday of the month.

If you need to bring donations to us outside of these hours, please call (650) 213-8755 to be sure that a volunteer is available to receive your donations.

Large Donations: If you have a large donation, call (650) 308-4933 and leave a message for our pickup team. They will get back to you to schedule a pickup. Or, contact us.

Your donations are tax-deductible. Be sure to ask for a receipt.

Thank you for Supporting Palo Alto’s Libraries!