Book & Media Donations

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

Donated books and media are sold in the Friends Bookstore, online, and at Book Sales to raise money to support the Santa Cruz Public Libraries. The Friends raise over $50,000 annually through your donated books and media! THANK YOU!

Your Friends will accept 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.

Please make an appointment for larger donations. Contact the Friends at or (831) 427-7700 ext. 5790.

Please Note:

  • Books in poor condition cost your Friends valuable time and funds that would otherwise be used for your favorite Library programs and events.
  • 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 Please do not donate books with markings or highlighting, with mold or water damage, or with outdated information.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. 

While the Friends greatly appreciate your book and media donations, we often receive books that we must immediately throw away. We’re asking our supporters to take a cold, hard look at their donations before bringing them in. 

✓ Checklist to consider before you donate to the Friends:

  1. Is it any of the following: VHS, cassette tapes, outdated health, science travel, legal, and current events books, computer manuals more than 5 years old, discards from other collections, encyclopedias, or magazines. 
  2. Can you imagine each book on the Friends’ store shelves?
  3. Is it worth at least $2? 
  4. Is it battered, moldy, falling apart? 
  5. Did you highlight the text or write notes in the margins? 
  6. Is it a reference book or sociological, political, or scientific text that is older than 5 years? 
  7. Are these the volumes rejected by a book dealer who’s already gone through your collection? 

If you answered, “Yes” to any of these questions, please take your books to The Grey Bears recycling center at 2710 Chanticleer Avenue in Santa Cruz. They accept books 7 days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Or take your books to Goodwill at 204 Union St. Santa Cruz. 

All donations are tax-deductible.

Thank you for considering a donation to the the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries.
Please contact us at or (831) 427-7700 ext. 5790 with any questions about your book or media donation!