The Book Place Donation Guidelines

Friends of Marin County Free Library

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Sunday: 12-4 pm

Monday through Sat:

10 am to 4 pm

We gratefully accept gently-used books, DVDs and CDs Please refer to the list below of items we cannot accept.  Unacceptable materials may be refused.  Our volunteer labor focuses on re-sellable items to fund critical library programs and needs.

  • Please call ahead to ensure we have room for your donation. Our number is 415.209.0212. If we cannot take the whole donation at once, we could accept a few at a time.  If you leave a message, please state number of boxes or bags.

  • The amount we are able to accept is dependent on the limits of our back room. Make sure to call first so we do not disappoint you if we are unable to accept.

  • Please do NOT leave donations outside the doors when we are closed. The weather may damage your donation, resulting in our disposal.

  • We must limit the amount of CD/DVD to one box of either item.

We cannot accept:


•   Moldy, worn, or torn/chewed books, yellowed pages, underlined/highlighted, annotated, items smelling of cigarettes/cigars, or water-damaged and stained books

•   National Geographic magazines

•   Any magazines more than THREE years old

•   Time-Life and Harvard Classics book sets and incomplete sets of any type.

•   Encyclopedia sets unless very old (pre-1940); must be complete

•   Readers’ Digest Condensed books

•   Travel guides (Rick Steves, Lonely Planet type), computer books/software, business, or medical/health books more than FIVE years old

•   Vinyl records/music on cassette, instructional material CD/cassettes such as business, real estate, or self-help seminar materials

•   Audiobooks with missing cassettes/CDs

•   Home-recorded media

•   Puzzles, greeting cards or stationery

•   Children’s VHS

•   Children’s classroom textbooks/teacher guides, etc.  These should go to the Global Book Exchange in San Rafael.


We try very hard to offer higher-quality materials for purchase. Therefore, if your donation includes any of the above, please consider recycling in your home’s blue bin, or taking them to a recycling center. 

Thank you!

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