Donated books are crucial to the success of programs supported by The Friends of the Alameda Free Library.

Donations accepted on Mondays from 9 AM – 11:30 AM and from 12:30 – 2:00 PM at the Friend’s Book Sorting Room off of the cafe at the Main Library 1550 Oak Street Alameda.

When the volunteers are on site, you can unload your donated books at the side door on Times Way (see map).

You can also drop off books in Dewey’s Friends Café. Please place your donation in sturdy bags or boxes. Free off-street parking is available behind the library or across Oak Street in the city hall parking lot.

If you have a rare book or a collection of historical interest, you can contact the Library directly to find out if your materials are of interest. Unusual items are often set aside for the Silent Auction at the Friends’ book sales and bring in extra funds for the Library.Either way, your gift is most welcome and provides a financial benefit to the Library.

The Friends accept books, records, DVDs, CDs, tapes, craft instructions, and many other types of materials.

We DO NOT accept:

  • Encyclopedias and Text Books more than 10 years old
  • Reference Books more than 10 years old
  • Children’s Books that are marked with your child’s art work
  • Multiple copies of school texts