Thank you for donating to Books for Friends. 

Donations are by appointment only.

Please read the following guidelines carefully prior to contacting us to schedule a donation.

Donations are accepted year-round, but there may be times when we are temporarily unable to accept donations due to the high volume of books received from our generous donors. Please check this page periodically for updates.

Your donations are necessary and appreciated and help to raise funds for Alameda’s libraries. Thank you!

Donate Books


  • Books on CD
  • Children, Tween, and Teen books
  • Contemporary Current Affairs books
  • Contemporary Hardback Fiction books
  • Contemporary Social Science books
  • Graphic Novels
  • Music CDs, especially Classical and Jazz


  • Books that are in less than very good condition, defined as:
    • Damaged by water, coffee, or mold
    • Poor binding
    • Bent or misshapen
    • With highlighting, underlining, or marginalia
  • Cassette tapes
  • Computer books, games, etc. more than seven years old
  • Encyclopedias
  • Magazines
  • Reference books, or medical books that are more than 10 years old
  • Textbooks
  • VHS tapes

Please DO NOT leave your donations at the library without an appointment. The library does not have the staff to support the collection or sorting of donations.

Thank you for thinking of FAL!