Donate Books


As we slowly open our BookStore, we must also slowly accept donations since our storage facilities are very limited. Please see the Friends homepage for our temporary donation guidelines. Thank you for your understanding.

Your donated books and magazines are the primary source of income for the Friends of the Castro Valley Library. We accept donations at the BookStore when the store is open. Please do not bring donations during the last 30 minutes the store is open since volunteers are preparing to close for the day and may not be able to accept your donation.

The Friends accept donations of books and many audio-visual materials. We accept hardback and paperback books, fiction and non-fiction, as well as children’s books. Almost any subject matter is acceptable, though we do not accept pornographic, racist, and other generally objectionable materials.

We regret that we are unable to accept encyclopedias, multi-volume sets of books, textbooks older than three years, magazines older than six months, VHS tapes (except for Disney), audio books on tape, and books or materials in moldy, smoke-infused, wet, or generally poor condition.

Please be considerate when setting aside books and other materials to donate. Our volunteers should not have to process and throw out unacceptable materials. Thank you!

We do not accept copies of any copyrighted materials, such as home made CDs, DVD copies, or photocopied publications.

If you have more than 3-4 boxes of books to donate, please call the Friends Office at (510) 733-3285 to make arrangements for such a large donation. Because we have limited storage capacity at the library and in our storage facility, special arrangements must be made for processing large donations. Thank you!

Detailed Guidelines for Donations