Book & Media Donations

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

You can donate up to three bags of gently used, clean books, CDs or DVDs at the Downtown Library Branch ONLY during library hours. All OTHER SCPL branches may accept up to 1 bag at a time, as space permits.

Larger donations must be made by appointment only. To make an appointment, contact the Friends at or (831) 427-7700 ext. 5790.

Donated books and media are sold in the Friends Bookstore, online, and at Friends Book Sales to raise money in support of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries.

The Friends cannot accept books or media in poor condition. Please do not donate books with markings or highlighting, with mold or water damage, or with outdated information. These materials cannot be used to benefit the Library and must be thrown away.

Books and Materials Not Accepted:

  • VHS or cassette tapes,
  • Outdated health, science, travel, legal, and current events books.
  • Computer manuals more than 5 years old
  • Discards from other collections
  • Encyclopedias, and
  • Magazines

All donations are tax-deductible.