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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 Tuesday 6 October, we have started a program we call Drop-off Donations 3.0! Anyone who wants to donate can use the link below to sign-up for an appointment to drop-off donations Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday 2-4pm, beginning Tuesday, October 6, 2020. You’ll be directed to, the scheduling tool we’re using to assign donors an appointment to deliver a donation (six bags, boxes, or less) in front of FOPAL’s Bargain Room in H2.

Due to the overwhelming response to opening for donations FOPAL donation appointments are FULL. Look for more donation appointments coming mid-April. For an earlier appointment please continue to monitor the link provided, as we’re seeing cancellation each donation day.

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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