Book & Media Donations

Postponement of
Donating Books and Media to the
Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries

Thank you for your donation! Your used books are sold in the Friends Bookstores, on Amazon, and at city-wide book sales and raise over $50,000 for the Santa Cruz Public Libraries. 

Donations of Books and Media are POSTPONED until further notice.
This is for the safety of everyone due to the threat of Covid-19.
When we resume, this page will be updated again regarding donation rules.

Thank you for all your support!

Please visit a Friends store or book sale to see the quality of books and media sold. Books should be in good condition and worth at least $2.

Please know that it costs your Friends to transport damaged and outdated books. You can keep our expenses down by weeding out books that your Friends can’t sell.

Your Libraries do not accept these book donations:

  • VCR and audio tapes
  • Encyclopedias
  • Books that are battered or moldy or have marked-up text
  • Books with out-of-date information. These include almanacs, legal references, computer manuals, health information, scientific works, travel guides, current events commentary, business advice, and textbooks. (No more than 5 years old please!)
  • Books rejected by a book dealer
  • Books weeded out of professional libraries (especially business, medical, church, or therapist’s libraries)

If you have 1 bag or less to donate, you can take your book donation to your nearest library. 

If you have 3 bags or less, you may leave your donation in the lobby of the Downtown Santa Cruz Library (in the black cabinets to the left of the library entrance). 

If you have more than 3 bags, please contact the Friends at or (831) 427-7700 ext. 5790. We will make an appointment to receive your donation at the Downtown Santa Cruz Library.

Receipts for your tax deductible donations are available on-site.