Donate Your Used Books to the Library

TRL welcomes donations of books and other materials. Library staff evaluate all donated materials for possible addition to the Library's collection.

Books in like-new or good condition are gladly accepted. We also welcome audios, videos, CDs and CD-ROMs. We are unable to accept magazines or textbooks.

We accept gifts at any of our Timberland libraries. Books donated in boxes are most helpful. Unfortunately, we are unable to pick up boxes from a person's home or carry boxes into the library from vehicles.

In order for donated materials to be of use to the Library:

  • Books must be intact. We cannot use materials with yellowed, brittle pages or damaged bindings.
  • Books must have no stains or water damage. We cannot use wet or mildewed items.
  • Books must not have an odor (examples: cigar, cigarette or musty odor).
  • Books must not have notes, highlighting, or underlining in them.

Library staff do not assess the value of donated materials for tax purposes. We will be glad to give you a receipt which will also serve as the acknowledgement of your gift. If you'd like a receipt, please provide us with the number of items donated.

Donations accepted for addition to the TRL collection become the property of TRL, will be placed where most appropriate and will be available to all residents of the TRL district.  Items not added to the TRL collection may be sold to the Friends of the local Timberland library for book sales.  These groups are non-profit organizations that donate book sale proceeds to the local library in support of TRL's mission, programs and collection.