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How (and what) to donate to the Library


Support your Denver Public Library by donating to the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation, a nonprofit that enriches our community through philanthropy, advocacy, and outreach to support a world-class library system in Denver. To support the Friends Foundation, donate online, call 720-865-3453, transfer stocks or IRA gifts, or mail a check to: 

Denver Public Library Friends Foundation
10 W. 14th Avenue Parkway
Denver, CO 80204

When you invest in the library, you invest in critical support for free literacy programs, lifelong learning, workforce development, and equitable access to resources and knowledge for the millions of adults, children, and youth of Denver. All contributions to the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation are tax-deductible.

Used or Rare Books 

Where can I donate materials?

Up to two boxes can be accepted at most branches during open hours. Please call ahead to confirm they are accepting donations, then deliver your items to the desk. Please 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. To make your appointment, call 720-865-1723.

Materials deemed important to the collection will be added. Those not added to the collection may be sold at our Used Book Sales online or through our consignment partner.

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 on donating books may be found on the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation website.

Donate Your Time — Volunteer

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

Other Ways to Support the Library

  • Make a Planned Gift: include the DPL Friends Foundation in your estate plan or your will.
  • Become a member: join the Friends Foundation and receive benefits that range from discounts at Used Book Sales, exclusive event invitations, bookmarks and stickers, and more!
  • Be an advocate: contact local representatives and share how the library has impacted your life. This type of advocacy sheds light on the continued need for Denver Public Libraries. 
  • Purchase merchandise: Buy a Library shirt, hat, tote, tumbler, or water bottle, and show how much you love your library!