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


  • Books that are in less than very good condition, defined as:
    • Books that are damaged by water, coffee, or mold
    • Books with poor binding
    • Books that are bent or misshapen
    • Books with highlighting, underlining, or marginalia
  • VHS tapes
  • Cassette tapes
  • Encyclopedias
  • Textbooks, reference books, or medical books that are more than 10 years old
  • Multiple copies of school texts
  • Computer books, games, etc. more than seven years old
  • Magazines

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!