Where can I donate my books?
Donating Books (and other items) to the Library
Donations of one bag or box of materials per household, per week, may be brought to the library or Corner Books during open hours.
All donations must be securely stacked securely in a bag or box that you do not need back.
Donated books should be very good to like new. The Library and Corner Books are unable to accept books and items that are moldy, musty, damp, yellowed, dog-eared, warped, or otherwise damaged.
We do not accept outdated legal, medical, or textbooks; outdated computer/technology books; review copies; or magazines.
Donated CDs, DVDs, and Books on CD should be in an intact case and discs must be in good condition.
Call 415.789.2665, ext. 2222, to arrange a time to drop off your donation at the Library.
The Library does not pick up donations.
All donations are tax-deductible.
The Boardwalk Shopping Center (in the courtyard)
1550 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon
The Book Place
Friends of the Marin County Free Library.
Accepts gently used books, movies, and CDs.
1608 Grant Avenue, Novato
Visit the website
Hospice by the Bay
Accepts donations of books at:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera
910 Lincoln Avenue, San Rafael
Mon. – Sat., 9:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.
Hospice Hodgepodge II
910 Grant Street, Novato
Mon. – Sat., 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Marin Recycling Center
Materials Accepted: Cardboard, Aluminum Cans, Tin Cans, Glass Bottles, Plastic Bottles, Books, Cars, Trucks
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday
535 Jacoby Street, San Rafael, CA, 94901
The El Cerrito Recycling Center
Has a large book exchange area. They accept books, magazines, CDs, and many other items.
Summer Drop-off Hours:
Monday - Friday: 8:00 am to 5:45 pm
Saturday - Sunday: 9:00 am to 4:45 pm
7501 Schmidt Ln.
El Cerrito, CA 94530
Marin Community Clinics Book Nook program
If you have new or gently used children’s books to donate please call 415.526.8527
drop them off Monday – Friday from 10am – 5pm
At one of the following locations:
- San Rafael Clinic – 3110 Kerner Blvd, San Rafael
- San Rafael Campus Clinic – 3260 Kerner Blvd., Suite A, San Rafael
- Novato Clinic – 6100 Redwood Blvd., Novato
Books, Encyclopedias, and Magazines
SAN RAFAEL Donation, Store
Mon – Sat 9am to 8pm, Sun 10am to 7pm
809 Lincoln Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901
Mill Valley Safeway Donation Site
1 Camino Alto
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Northgate Mall Donation Site
9000 Northgate Mall
San Rafael, CA 94903
NOVATO Donation, Store
Mon-Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 10am-7pm
936 7th Street
Novato, CA 94945
Vintage Oaks Donation Site
224 Vintage Way
Novato, CA 94949
Prisoners Literature Project
Please write “PLP” on the bag or box of books, so others know the books are intended for us.
Book donations to the PLP are welcome at any of these locations:
- Moe’s Books (2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704)
- Grassroots House (2022 Blake St (off Shattuck Ave), Berkeley, CA 94704)
- Bound Together Books (1369 Haight St, San Francisco, CA, 94117) Hours are 11.30am to 7.30pm daily but call ahead [415 – 431-8355] to check someone will be there.
The Global Book Exchange
If you have K-12 textbooks or other books for children that you don’t need anymore, bring them to us.
Open Wednesdays & Saturdays 1:00 – 4:00 pm
852 Del Ganado
San Rafael, CA 94903
415.450.0692 (voicemail only)
This Into That
Makes attractive bookshelves out of hardback book covers with interesting titles on their spines.
Prefers old hardbacks with interesting titles, colors, and textures.
2547 Eighth St., No. 30
Berkeley, CA 94710
Call Jim Rosenau at 510.845.0106