Donating Items to the Library
We do not accept:
- Cassette Tapes
- Magazines (including National Geographic)
- Reader’s Digest condensed books
- Broken or damaged items
- Items missing parts
- Non-book or media items (e.g., toys, calendars, cards)
- Personally recorded audio or video items
How much can be donated at one time?
Generally, because of space limitations, we do not accept more than several bags or boxes at the Central Library Book Return Desk or at a branch. For large donations, please call Community Relations at 720-865-2045 to make arrangements.
What happens to materials donated to the Denver Public Library?
Library staff members evaluate all donations to see if the items can be added to the collection. Materials not added to the collection may be sold at the Annual Used Book Sale, at ongoing branch book sales or online at the DPL Bookstore. The Library disposes of any unacceptable items.
Will I receive a receipt for my donations?
Donors receive an "Acceptance of Materials" form. We are unable to appraise donated materials.