Donating Books

Guidelines for Donating Books and other Materials

Thank you for supporting the Lake County Library through your donations.If you are interested in making a monetary donation please contact the main branch at (707) 263-8817.

The library accepts donations of usable books, DVDs and CDs for both adults and children. The materials should be in excellent to very good condition. To donate materials, drop them off at any branch of the library during regular hours.

Due to space limitations we cannot accept more than TWO boxes or bags at one time. Please take your boxes or bags with you when you donate.

The library first looks at your donations to see if we can use them in the library collection and then passes any remaining books onto the Friends of the Library or Better World Books to sell at booksales, the proceeds of which help the library buy new books. What is most useful to the library is new books and DVDs that have been published within the last 3 to 5 years. 

The library cannot use magazines (including National Geographic); catalogs; Reader's Digest Condensed Books; textbooks; encyclopedias; dictionaries; moldy items; water-damaged items;  dirty, dusty items; items with torn or missing pages.

To recycle materials that cannot be donated to the library, contact Lake County Waste Solutions, 230 Soda Bay Road, Lakeport, (707) 234-6400 or (888) 718-4888.