Donating Library Materials

Why does Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) no longer accept donations of books and other material from the public?

Evaluating, sorting, and processing donations of books and other materials take a tremendous amount of resources, especially at the neighborhood branches. We found that many donated items were out-of-date, not appropriate, or not in good enough condition to keep or resell.  The Library’s collection is carefully curated to ensure that materials are relevant and of interest to our patrons.  It is a better use of our resources to purchase new books and media, including the most up-to-date reference materials and best-sellers, which are delivered "shelf-ready" for our patrons to use and enjoy.

View the official book donation policy here (PDF).

Will donations still be accepted for library book sales led by Friends Groups or other organizations?
Yes, but only at specific locations and times as announced by BPL. Friends Groups at select libraries will continue to hold book sales to support BPL. The Great American Book Drive, hosted by Better World Books, will also be held annually at Central Library. Better World Books, a global bookstore, sells and recycles the books donated at this drive; proceeds go toward BPL. We also continue to work with this organization to find useful means for the older materials that we must discard from our own collection.

Are there other organizations that will accept donations of books and other material?
Yes, below is a list of organizations that will accept these much appreciated donations.

How else can I contribute to BPL?
Your monetary contribution to the Library will help us buy new books and media for our libraries, such as up-to-date reference materials for students and jobseekers, children’s literature for kids of all ages, and best-sellers in multiple formats. Large and small donations help BPL offset budget cuts to continue growing our valuable collection. Donate today.

Organizations That Accept Book Donations
It is important to contact these groups beforehand to determine what kind of books they take. Almost all of these will only accept new or gently used items.

Goodwill Industries

1100 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11238

258 Livingston St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Housing Works

266 Fifth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215

122 Montague Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Spoonbill & Sugartown Books
218 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211

NYC Books through Bars
123 Columbia Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
212.254.3697 ext. 26 (voicemail)

Books for Kids
The Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Practice
111 Livingston St, 8th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Brooklyn Bureau of Community Service
285 Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Christian Church New Life
2870 86th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11223

The Salvation Army in Brooklyn

3718 Nostrand Avenue, between Avenue X & Avenue Y

6822 3rd Avenue, between 67th Street & 68th Street

436 Atlantic Avenue, between Bond Street & Nevins Street

22 Quincy Street, between Downing Street & Classon Avenue

176 Bedford Avenue, corner of North 7th Street

981 Manhattan Avenue, between India Street & Huron Street

American Library Association
For more information about book donation options, please visit the ALA website.