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Book Donations: Home

Where you can donate your used books.

Donations

Are your book shelves over flowing?  Are the books slowly taking over your home?  If so you might be looking to donate some of your collection.  While the library does accept book donations, there are some rules that we ask you to follow.

 

The library accepts book donations with the following guidelines:

Limit 1 - 2 SMALL bags (ie grocery bags)

  • All items must be in good to excellent condition

  • All items must have been published in the last 5 years

 

The following items are NOT accepted:

  • Magazines (including National Geographic)

  • Encyclopedias

  • Reader's Digest Condensed books

  • Water damaged, ripped, torn, written in, cover-less, or books with odor

  • VHS tapes

  • CDs and DVDs without original cases

  • Homemade content

Operation Paperback

Operation Paperback is a way for you to send used books (preferably paperbacks) to troops over seas as well as veterans and military families at home.  You must register at their site: www.operationpaperback.org, to get started but registration is free.  They will have you input what genres you have available and they will send you a list of people who need books.  You pick who you want to send the titles to, box up the books, add the site's letter (or one of your own), and ship them out.  Simple.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army has been around for a long time and they will accept almost everything, including hardcovers and paperbacks.  Items that you donate will either go to the Salvation Army's stores or to one of their homeless shelters.  You can donate either by bringing your items to a drop off center (locally either 440 West Nyack Rd, West Nyack or 201 Lafayette Ave, Suffern) or by going to their site: www.satruck.org, to schedule a pick up.

Goodwill

Goodwill is another long standing donation site and they will generally accept any gently used items to be sold within their many stores.  If you go to their website: www.goodwillnynj.org, you will see how you can donate items and what items they will and will not accept.  The closest site to us to donate is their store at 130 West Route 59, Nanuet. 

Books to Prisoners

Books to Prisoners is a nonprofit organization that sends books into different prisons in the US.  They believe in fostering a love of reading of those in prison to "foster a love of reading behind bars, encourage the pursuit of knowledge and self-empowerment, and break the cycle of recidivism."  Programs like this though generally have a strict list of acceptable books so your best bet is to check their site: www.bookstoprisoners.net, to see what you can send.  If you have something to contribute, you can email them for more information. 

Suggestions

If you are aware of any other places or sites that accept donations, please let us know.  Similarly, if you find that a site listed is no longer accepting donations, let us know.  Just email hkdplreference@gmail.com and we will look into the information.  Thank you.

Update

This page was last updated, March 2022.