We raise approximately $200,000 a year selling donated and weeded books online, at auction, and at our Pop-Up Sale events. Donate your books and media at the Central Library (up to 15 boxes at a time) or contact your Branch to see if they are currently accepting donations of 2 boxes or less.

What materials does the Denver Public Library accept as donations?
We accept rare and used books, modern textbooks, music CDs, DVDs, BluRay and records.

Are there any materials the library does NOT accept as donations?

  • Cassette tapes
  • VHS
  • Magazines (including National Geographic) or newspapers
  • Reader's Digest Condensed books
  • Time-Life books
  • Old law books, text books and tax codes
  • Broken or damaged items
  • Non-book or media items (e.g. toys, calendars, cards, etc.)

Note:  Books must be in boxes weighing 25 pounds or less and leveled on top.

What happens to materials donated to the Denver Public Library?
Materials deemed important to the collection will be added. Those not added to the collection may be sold at our Pop-Up Sale events or online. The library recycles any unacceptable materials.

Where can I donate materials?
Up to two boxes can be accepted at most branches (please call ahead to confirm they are accepting donations) during open hours. Please deliver your items to the desk; do not put them in the book return drop.

If you have more than two boxes, please make an appointment and bring them to the Central Library on Tuesday-Friday. To make your appointment, call 720-865-1723 or email Andrea Hamilton.

Will I receive a receipt for my donations?
Donors receive an "Acceptance of Materials" form. We are unable to appraise donated materials.

Who do I contact with questions?
Call or email Andrea Hamilton at 720-865-1723.


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