Where to Donate Your Books

Been cleaning out your living space? Do you have some books you’d like to donate?

While most libraries are unable to accept donations right now due to limited space and staff, many Friends of the Library groups are accepting book donations. We appreciate your desire to donate to the library and want to let you know that our Friends of the Library sales help us too.

All libraries and friends’ groups request that you only donate gently used items that are in a re-saleable condition. Please check each location’s donation guidelines before bringing your materials.

Here's a list of the donation status of libraries and library-affiliated bookstores:

Marin County Free Library - No

MCFL is not accepting donations at our branches. (Bolinas, Civic Center, Corte Madera, Fairfax, Inverness, Marin City, Novato, Point Reyes, South Novato, and Stinson Beach)

Marin County Friends of the Library Bookstore - Yes

The Book Place is located at 1608 Grant Avenue, Novato. Please call first to see if they have room for more donations: 415-209-0212.

Store Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, 10-3 (Donations accepted on Tuesdays and Saturdays only.)

Please read their Donation Guidelines for further direction. Please no dirty, torn, moldy books - please consider carefully whether your books are in resale condition.

Belvedere Tiburon Library and Friends' Bookstore - No

Not accepting donations due to construction. Their Friends of the Library Book store, Corner Bookstore, is closed until further notice.

Call: 415.789.5000

Email: cornerbooks@beltiblibfoundation.org

Larkspur Library - No

No donations at this time.

Mill Valley Public Library - Yes

See below for their specific guidelines, and click for more information about items accepted for donation

"Please note that we are working with a reduced staff of volunteers and ask that you be selective with your donations at this time because of storage limitations and the labor involved in sorting the many items.

Please leave donations in boxes or bags on the stone bench in front of the Library main entrance.


San Anselmo Friends of the Library Bookstore, Town Books - Yes

Town Books is accepting limited donations of gently used books during this period of extended closure due to Covid-19. We are currently accepting donations two days a week during specific hours and we must limit the amount of donations:

WHEN: Mondays, 1 - 3pm and Fridays, 11am – 1pm
WHERE: Town Books Parking Lot, 411 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo
LIMITS: 3 boxes/bags per donor or 15 boxes/bags per day

San Rafael Friends of the Library Bookstore - Yes

Bring your donations to the next to the entrance of the San Rafael Public Library at 1100 E Street at 5th and E Street.

WHEN: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am to 11:30 am

Questions? Call (415) 453-1443.

Sausalito Library and Friends' Bookstore - No

Neither the Library nor the Friends bookstore is accepting donations at this time.

Non Library-Affiliated Organizations


Global Book Exchange

This organization accepts ONLY good quality children’s reading: pre-K, storybooks, chapter books, and — of course — non-fiction for kids.

This organization accepts ONLY good quality children’s reading: pre-K, storybooks, chapter books, and — of course — non-fiction for kids.

An appointment is required to get books or to donate books.

Please email bookexchangemarin@gmail.com or global.k12books@gmail.com. Please include phone number in your email.


Goodwill has 2 donation sites in Marin County at this time.

Safeway Parking Lot: 1 Camino Alto, Mill Valley, CA 94941
Accepting Donations: 9 AM to 2 PM (Tues-Sat)

Novato Goodwill Store behind Store: 936 7th St, Novato, CA 94945
Accepting Donations: 9 AM to 2 PM (Tues-Sat)

Please do not leave donations at closed stores and donation centers. We respectfully request that you only bring your donation to our open, no-contact donation centers.

Hospice Hodgepodge

910 Lincoln Avenue, San Rafael

Accepts donations of newer materials.

Tuesdays – Saturdays, 10:00 am -1:00 pm
No more than 2 grocery bags at a time.

For donations that do not meet any of the above condition guidelines:

Marin Recycling Center

Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday

535 Jacoby Street, San Rafael, CA, 94901

Writing and research: Linda

Formatting and editing: Ana