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Book donations and sales

Book donations

Most branches accept donations of used books, music, and VHS or DVD videos. Sometimes branches cannot accept donations because space is limited, so contact your branch before bringing donations.

Items must be in very good to excellent condition. We cannot accept magazines, out-of-date textbooks, or dirty, mildewed, smoky, damaged, or torn materials.

Bring donations into the library building to the check-out desk. They should not be deposited in book drops or left outside the building. To get a receipt for tax purposes, please tell a library staff member, at the time of the donation, how many and what types of items you have donated. We will verify the number of items but will not place a value on donated materials.

Most donated items go to the Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, MD to stock its bookstores in Gaithersburg, Rockville, and Wheaton. You can also donate items directly to the stores.  Read their donation policies. Proceeds from the sale of donated items support the libraries and our programming.

If you want to donate items specifically to have them included in the library's collection, please see information for authors and others submitting work for consideration. You can also read about gifts in our Collection Policy.

To identify other organizations accepting book donations, see the Montgomery County Division of Solid Waste Services’ Use It Again database.

Book sales at MCPL libraries

Book sales at our libraries are sponsored by Friends of the Library chapters at individual libraries, and proceeds support the libraries and our programming. 

See the schedule of book sales at our libraries.

In addition, many branches always have a few shelves of donated used books for sale. These include:

Bethesda
Chevy Chase
Damascus
Davis
Germantown
Kensington Park
Little Falls
Poolesville
Potomac
Praisner
Quince Orchard
Rockville
Silver Spring
Twinbrook
Wheaton

The Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, MD also sells used books and other materials at its bookstores in Wheaton, Rockville, and Gaithersburg. The bookstores sell both donated materials and materials that have been deaccessioned form the library collection.