Donating books

You can donate materials, in good condition, to the Friends of the Library for their semi-annual Used Book Sales and Friends Library Store. You can also bring up to two boxes of materials to your neighborhood library.

If you have more than two boxes, bring them to the rear garage entrance to the Isom Building at 216 NE Knott Street. Use the delivery driveway east of the store and ring the buzzer. Donation hours are Monday–Friday, 8am–4pm. If you are unable to deliver your donation or have a very large donation, please call the Friends at 503-988-6191 to make arrangements.

Friends of the Library accepts

  • Paperback fiction
  • Hardback fiction 2008 or newer
  • Paper and hardback classics (nominated or award-winning authors)
  • Paper and hardback nonfiction
  • Books older than 1958
  • Encyclopedias 2010 or newer
  • Travel guides 2012 or newer
  • CDs, DVDs, sheet music, and maps

Friends of the Library does not accept

  • Torn, dirty, moldy, or smelly books
  • Books with excessive writing, highlighting, or underlining
  • Magazines or Reader's Digest condensed books
  • Computer books older than 2013
  • Encyclopedias older than 2010
  • Textbooks and reference books older than 2005
  • VHS tapes or vinyl records
  • Audiotape cassettes except for audio books
  • Used library books
Thank you for donating to the Friends of the Library!  The proceeds help support the Multnomah County Library.

Learn more about helping out the Friends of the Library.