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Donate Books and More

The Friends depend on donations of gently used books, DVDs, CDs, and records to stock our Main Library bookshop and monthly sales. Some donated items may be added to the Library’s collection, but the great majority are sold to raise money for library programs. Please read the donation guidelines below. The Friends expend substantial time and energy recycling damaged, outdated and unsaleable material, so please donate accordingly. Remember, you can now recycle damaged books in your blue City of Albuquerque recycle bins.

What we ACCEPT:

  • Gently used hardback and paperback books, fiction and non-fiction, for children, young adults and adults
  • Antique and collectible books
  • Commercially recorded CDs (music and audio books), DVDs, and records
  • Certain art, maps, and ephemera (please call us to discuss whether your donation would be appropriate)


  • Damaged books (broken spines, missing covers, stained, mildewed)
  • Textbooks over 5 years old
  • Encyclopedias
  • Law Codes or Statutes
  • Reader’s Digest Condensed Books
  • Surplus material from other institutions
  • Outdated computer, business, current events, medical, travel books and such
  • Magazines or books published by magazines. (We DO accept the current six months of monthlies and six weeks of weeklies in the Main Library Bookshop only).
  • Cassettes and VHS tapes

Where and When to Donate

  • Small donations (one or two bags) may be dropped off during regular hours at any branch library except Ernie Pyle, Westgate or Special Collections.
  • Larger donations should be brought to the Main Library during regular library hours
    • For fewer than 10 boxes, you may bring them to the rear (north alley) door of the Main Library. Call the “Donation” number on the telephone at the rear door. (If no answer, call the library number.) Please do not leave the boxes outside.
    • For more than 10 boxes, please call 768-5167 to make an appointment for delivery.

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Value of your Donation

Your donation is tax deductible. Although we are unable to assign a dollar value to your donation, we are happy to give you a receipt at the time of drop-off.

Questions? Call (505) 768-5167

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