How to Donate Books
Donations of Books, CDs and DVDs may be brought to the back of the Downtown Library during library business hours. Enter the staff lot off William Street, ring the intercom buzzer at the door and tell the receptionist that you have books to donate. Donation bins are directly inside the door.
Donations may be eligible for a tax deduction on federal income taxes. If you wish to have a record of your donation please ask the receptionist for a form.
If you do not have transportation or have physical conditions which make it difficult for you to get the donations to the Downtown Library, it is possible to have them picked up by a Friends volunteer.
To make arrangements for your donations to be picked up, call 302-7774 and ask to speak with the Book Shop Director. If no one answers, please leave a message clearly stating your name and telephone number. The Book Shop Director will return your call, assess the situation, and get the necessary details.
When the volunteer comes to your home he or she will provide you with the appropriate tax form.
Hints for donating to the Friends Book Shop:
We Especially Need:
Books published in the last five years
Children's books/jigsaw puzzles/sheet music
Sets of books by classic authors (Dickens, Twain, Conrad, etc.)
Paperback novels, mysteries, science fiction
CDs, books on CD, DVDs
Textbooks under 10 years old (will take law & medical textbooks before 1910)
We Don't Need:
Books that are moldy, dirty, or torn
Computer books more than 5 years old
Reader's Digest condensed books
Book club hardcover novels from 1930 - 1990's
Books left over from other book sales or used book stores
Check out Greg Peters's blog about how easy it is to donate books to the Friends of the Ann Arbor District Library. You can read it here:
Greg Peters Clears His Shelves.