Every year, the Friends receive hundreds of thousands of donated books. We sell these books in the community and online. The funds raised from these sales go toward grants for The Seattle Public Library.
Can’t wait for the next sale? The Central Library FriendShop features hundreds of pristine used books for sale all year round!
Join us for our next BIG BOOK SALE: March 17 – 19, 2017 in the Exhibition Hall at the Seattle Center, 299 Mercer St., Seattle. Stay tuned for more information!
One-Day Book Sale a great success!
Thank you to our shoppers, volunteers, and Top Pot for a successful One-Day Book Sale on November 5 at North Seattle College! Your support helped the Friends raise funds to support The Seattle Public Library.
How to Donate Books
PLEASE NOTE: We will be closed and unable to accept donations on Saturday, Dec. 24 and Saturday, Dec. 31. Happy Holidays!
Thank you for your interest in donating books to the Friends of The Seattle Public Library! You can do so by dropping off materials at the Friends’ Sorting Center or at any library branch location. If you are interested in making a financial donation, click here.
WHAT DO WE ACCEPT?
- Hardback and paperback books
- Audiobooks, CDs, DVDs
- Vinyl records
In order to raise money for The Seattle Public Library, we try to sell as many of the donated books as we can. To help us do so, please only donate new or gently used materials as we may not be able to sell those in poor condition.
Rare and other books of more than everyday value are gratefully accepted. We will provide you with a federal tax deduction form.
WHAT ITEMS ARE NOT ACCEPTED?
- Reader’s Digest condensed books
- Magazines & Newspapers
- Business, computer, and textbooks published more than 5 years ago
- VHS & Cassettes
- Romance paperback books
- Art prints and posters
WHERE TO DROP OFF BOOKS?
Any Library Branch Location
During operating hours you can donate books through the library itself. Due to limited space, branch libraries can only accept up to 3 boxes of donated materials. Please give the books to a library employee so the donation does not get mixed up with returned books. If you have more than 3 boxes to donate, please visit us at The Friends’ Sorting Center at the address below.
The Friends Sorting Center
2025 9th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
Our Sorting Center is on the 2nd floor of The Washington Talking Book & Braille Library building. The building’s garage slopes up to our back door. To drop off donations you’ll take a right off of 9th Ave. into our garage. Head straight back and as you get closer to the loading dock, look to your right, you’ll see our back door, usually hidden between two SPL Mobile Services trucks. Ring the bell that’s to the left of the door and we’ll grab a cart or two and help you unload.
Books for Teachers
Since 2009, the Friends of The Seattle Public Library has been honored to receive annual grants from the Renee B. Fisher Foundation to provide classroom books for teachers in high-need (Title I) Seattle public schools. Through these grants, teachers receive $100 vouchers to purchase books for their students at the many Friends’ Book Sales. So far, over 300 teachers from 31 schools have given nearly 20,000 books new homes in their Seattle classrooms, ranging from K-12. In 2015, the Friends distributed over $13,000 in teacher vouchers.
If you are currently teaching in a Title I, Seattle Public School, sign up for Books for Teachers program updates by clicking the button below and filling out the form.
Please check back for more information about upcoming Books for Teachers sales. In the meantime, email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
The Friends of the Seattle Public Library (FOSPL) seeks to engage broad community support for The Seattle Public Library through book sales, advocacy, and grants. By providing funding and support for library programs, we’re committed to bolstering the Library’s strategic initiatives.
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