The only books we cannot use are encyclopedia sets of more than 3 years old, school textbooks, and magazines.
Books, digital video discs (DVDs) and compact discs (CDs) will be considered for addition to the library’s collections. If we cannot add your materials, they will be placed in our book sales to raise money for the library.
Book Donation Guidelines:
We will accept:
- Hardcover and paperback books in good condition.
- Commercially published media (e.g., CDs, DVDs)
We cannot accept:
- Damaged books with broken bindings, missing, soiled, musty or moldy pages, or with excessive writing in the text
- Clearly outdated materials
- Toys, games, puzzles
- Yard sale items
- Non-commercially produced media
- Outdated media: records, cassettes, VHS
- Computer software
See our Donations and Gifts Policy page for more.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I go to donate books and other items?
Donations may be left on the donation carts located in the Johnson Auditorium during the pre-book sale donation period only (usually the 2 weeks prior to the book sale). For a list of alternative donation sites, please contact HPL. Neither the Library nor the Friends of the Library can pick up donations.
I have a lot of items to donate. Should I just bring them in?
We will accept large donations. If you are donating five or more boxes of materials, we prefer that you make arrangements in advance so that we can have space for them and a custodian to move them.
What happens to the items I donate?
Depending on the quality and condition of the items, we will add them to our collection or put them into one of our book sales.
How much can I claim as a charitable donation?
Neither the Library nor the Friends can determine the value of a donation. Receipts can be provided for you to list the number of items you have donated.