How (and what) to donate to the Library

How can you donate to the Library? It's a popular question. The answer depends on what you want to donate.


Support your Denver Public Library by donating to the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation. The Friends appreciate cash donations of any amount. These funds are used to support collections and programs at the Denver Public Library. You may also donate by calling 720-865-2049. All contributions to the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the law.

Memorial or Tribute Gift (Money in Honor of Someone Else)

Make a contribution in honor of or in memory of a loved one using the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation donation page or call 720-865-2049.

Used or Rare Books (But Not Magazines)

Bring no more than two (2) boxes to the desk at any Denver Public Library location. For larger donations, please call 720-865-1723 to make arrangements.

We cannot guarantee that materials will be added to our collection. Items not added to our collection may be sold at the Used Book Sales, the Central Library Cafe or online. We'll recycle any unacceptable materials.

We accept rare and used books, modern textbooks, music CDs, DVDs, BluRay and records. 
We do NOT accept: magazines, broken or damaged items, and anything in a format we don't circulate (like cassette tapes, and videotapes.)

More information: Donate Rare and Used Books

Materials for our History Collections

The Denver Public Library Western History/Genealogy Department and the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library welcome the donation of rare and unique materials.

More information: Donating Historical Materials

A Book That You Wrote

Donated books are subject to the same selection criteria as books the Library purchases for the collection. Materials that are not selected will be sent to the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation for use in its semiannual book sales.

More information: Library Purchasing Guidelines for Authors

Donate Your Time — Volunteer

There are many different Volunteer Opportunities at the Library.
Volunteer for the Friends Foundation.

Other Ways to Donate to the Library

Other Donation Sites in Denver

If the Denver Public Library cannot accept all your donated items, please consider another organization that accepts book donations near you.