Donating Library Materials

Change in Book Donation Policy (Effective July 1, 2011):

Why does Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) no longer accept donations of books and other material from the public?
Donated books and other materials incur costs and additional time to process. Before they can be shelved with the larger collection, their condition must be evaluated, followed by cataloging, processing and transporting. These materials ultimately have a shorter shelf life. It is more cost-efficient to purchase new books and media, which are delivered "shelf-ready."

View the official change in book donation policy (PDF).

Will donations still be accepted for library book sales led by Friends Groups or other organizations?
Yes, but donations will be accepted for these book sales only. 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 in October 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. 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
Fulton Store
1100-1104 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Cooper Park Community Center
76 Kingsland Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Livingston Store
258 Livingston 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)

Brooklyn Bureau of Community Service
(new books only)
285 Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Housing Works
Brooklyn Thrift Shop
122 Montague Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Brooklyn Salvation Army Thrift Stores
Contact your local thrift store for information about book donations.

3718 Nostrand Avenue, between Avenue X & Avenue Y

6822 3rd Avenue, between 67th Street & 68th Street
(non-library books only)

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
The American Library Association maintains a list of places that accept donations. These can be found at: