TEMPORARY HOLD ON BOOK DONATIONS: The Alameda Free Library is currently closed as a precautionary measure due to COVID-19, so we cannot accept book donations at this time. Please check back here for updates!

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 Friends’ 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 CafĂ©. 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. Your gift is most welcome and provides a financial benefit to the Library.

The Friends accepts new and gently used books, DVDs and CDs.

We DO NOT accept:

  • VHS tapes
  • Cassette tapes
  • Records
  • Encyclopedias
  • Textbooks, reference books or medical books more than 10 years old
  • Computer books, games, etc., more than seven years old
  • Multiple copies of school texts
  • Books in languages other than English

Please DO NOT donate materials that are torn, dirty, water-stained, highlighted or written in, or otherwise damaged. Thank you!