Donations of gently used books, DVDs, CDs, and other media are accepted by ALD libraries on behalf of the Friends of the Library. Donated materials are sorted and sold in order to raise funds to support programs and projects throughout the Arapahoe Library District.
*If you are a Southglenn patron, please take your book donations to either Koelbel or Castlewood Library. Thank you!
The used bookstores at Koelbel, May, Southglenn, Castlewood and Smoky Hill Library sells the majority of books throughout the year. The annual Used Book Sale in the fall raises thousands of dollars each year.
Frequently Asked Questions
What cannot be accepted?
Magazines (including National Geographic)
Patterns / Puzzles
Readers' Digest Condensed Books
Most encyclopedias, textbooks or reference books over 3 years old
Any items previously owned by other libraries
Empty cases for CDs, DVDs, etc.
Why can't these items be used?
These items simply do not sell and must be discarded. The Library District has to pay for recycling and that doesn't seem like a good use of taxpayer dollars.
Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes. Library staff will sign and date a receipt. You, however, must determine the value of the donation.
Where can I drop off my donations?
Please bring donations to your nearest library. Donations should be boxed, not bagged as bags may rip and damage books or worse, hurt a volunteer. At Koelbel, Smoky Hill and Eloise May Libraries, staff will receive donations at the back door between 8am and 5pm Monday through Saturday and 1-5 pm on Sundays.
If I have a large number of boxes to donate. Can you pick them up?
Donation pick up is coordinated through the Friends Foundation Office. Please contact the Friends Office at 303-792-8999 extension 19106 to inquire about larger donation pick ups.
How do I make a donation to the Library District? Can I donate a book in memory of a loved one?
Contact the Friends Foundation office. We have many options available to make sure that your donation will benefit ALD. Also, consider becoming a member of the Friends. You will receive discounts at the book sales and there are many volunteer opportunities available.