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

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 2000-2018, FOPAL contributed over $3 million!


  • Art (framed or unframed or frames)
  • Electronics
  • Commercial Ephemera: printed material, e.g. posters, travel brochures, greeting and blank cards
  • Plushies/Stuffed Animals
  • Records (45s, 78s, LPs)
  • Commercially recorded Music CDs
  • Commercially recorded video tapes (VHS/Betamax)

FOPAL gladly accepts:

  • Fiction and nonfiction books
  • Textbooks and computer books
  • Commercially recorded items: audio books on CDs or cassettes, movies on DVD, Blu-ray
  • Software and manuals
  • Personal Ephemera: black and white photos and all handwritten items (journals, letters, diaries, envelopes with stamps, postcards etc.)
  • Maps (folded or rolled) except AAA maps of the United States
  • Puzzles, games, and toys
  • Sheet music

Sorry, we cannot take:

  • 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
  • Photo albums
  • Small collectibles (figurines, bookends, souvenirs, etc.)
  • Linens
  • Clothing
  • Sports equipment
  • Home copied/burned or non-commercially recorded audio-visual materials
  • Legal statutes or codes
  • Large ephemera such as furniture, lamps, suitcases, etc.
  • American Automobile Association maps of the United States


Drop-off Location/Hours:

Beginning Monday, June 14th, FOPAL will be opening up for drop-off donations no appointment needed. Anyone who wants to donate can drop by Monday- Saturday 3- 5pm at our Main Room to deliver items!

If you have a large donation (more than six bags or boxes), please call Janette Herceg, FOPAL Volunteer & Sales Manager at (650) 494-1266 to make an appointment for delivery of a large donation.

Pickup Donations

We are not doing Pickup Donations at this time.

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
















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