Book Donations

The Bookstores cheerfully accept:

  • Paperback and hardback books in good condition
  • DVDs, CDs, and audio books on CD in good condition
  • Textbooks and complete encyclopedias published within the last 3 years
  • Maps, pamphlets, and other ephemera

The Bookstores cannot accept:

  • Mildewed, moldy, smelly, water-damaged, badly-worn, or yellowed items
  • Books with torn-off or badly tattered covers
  • Books with extensive underlining
  • Textbooks more than 3 years old (unless they’re really old and interesting)
  • Computer, medical, legal, health, travel, or business books more than 3 years old
  • Magazines, professional journals, catalogs or directories
  • Phonograph records, audio cassettes, or books on tape
  • Encyclopedias, Reader’s Digest Books, Advance Readers Copies, or incomplete sets of older books
  • Computer software
  • Video tapes (VHS) or home-recorded media
  • Large donations of foreign language books (please call for details)

Just a reminder:

  • We run a used bookstore, selling used books at ridiculously low prices.
  • We are not running a thrift store or a recycling site.
  • We gratefully welcome donations of your re-sellable books.

Book donations:

  • Bring donated items to either of the Friends’ bookstores during the stores’ open hours.
  • Larger donations should be in bags or boxes.
  • We issue donation receipts for tax purposes at the time of delivery. Donors are responsible for placing a value on noncash goods.
  • If you need assistance, contact the store directly in advance of your visit. Call 510-841-5604 and talk to a volunteer or leave a message.

Need to schedule a pickup of donations?

Call 510-841-5604 and talk to a volunteer or leave a message. We will return your call so that you can arrange a pickup with our driver.