Donating Books & DVDs

We accept hardcover and quality (trade) paperback books and media materials (DVD, CD, audiobooks) both fiction and nonfiction in good condition.

There are drive-up drop-off bins in the library's underground parking garage or you can bring them to the Customer Service Desk in the library. Tax donation forms are available at either spot.

Materials we accept include:

  • Architecture/Art/Photography
  • Biography/Autobiography
  • Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Children's DVDs
  • Disney books
  • Board books
  • Christmas books
  • Coffee Table Books
  • Collectible Books
  • Cooking/Food/Wine
  • Crafts & Hobbies
  • Fiction
  • Foreign Language & ESL
  • Games/Sports/Recreation
  • Gardening
  • Geography
  • House & Home
  • Humor
  • Literature
  • Nature
  • Performing Arts
  • Pets & Animals
  • Reference
  • Religion
  • Science & Technology
  • Sheet Music
  • Social Sciences
  • Travel

Materials We DO NOT Accept Include:

  • Encyclopedias, Condensed Reader's Digest books, textbooks
  • Books copyrighted three years from the current year in the following categories:  Business management and economics, computer, education, physical and mental health and psychology.
  • Plastic or vinyl records
  • VHS tapes
  • Cassette tapes
  • Magazines
  • Books that are:
    water damaged or have other liquid stains
    musty, mildewed or smoke odors
    dusty and grime
    missing or damaged covers and/or spines
    heavily highlighted or underscored

Large Quantities of Books

If you have a large volume of books, please call the Library's Communications Department at 315-457-0310 x112 before dropping them off.

Hard covers in poor condition should go in the trash. Paperbacks can go in your blue bin. Questions about proper disposal of books and records should be directed to the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency (OCRRA) at 315-453-2866 or online at

We appreciate your cooperation.