Book Donations

Book Donations

Donating used books and media to DC Public Library

The library does not accept donations of used books or media.

If you have unique materials of local interest that are not in the Black Studies Center or Washingtoniana Special Collections, and you would like to speak with a librarian about donating such items to the library, please contact Collections Services at 202-727-1117. While the library may not accept every donation offer, special consideration will be given for such items.

Alternate Locations that accept the donation of "new & like-new" books and media

Selected Friends of the Library Chapters
Various chapters of The Friends of the DC Public Library frequently accept book donations for their periodic book sales. Prior authorization is required, so please phone ahead to ensure that your neighborhood chapter of Friends of the Library is accepting donations at this time. For a listing of branches, hours and phone numbers, visit the library's Locations page. Items donated to the Friends of the Library will not be added to library collections.

Goodwill Industries
District of Columbia Retail Store & Donation Center 
2200 South Dakota Ave. NE
Washington, D.C. 20018

Books for America: A Bookstore with a Purpose
1417 22nd St. NW
Washington, D.C.  20037

Office Location:
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
Collections Services
901 G St. NW Room 416
Washington, D.C. 20001