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Answered By: Blair Parsons
Last Updated: Jun 02, 2021     Views: 8330

COVID update: The Library is not accepting donations at this time. Goodwill or Savers may be alternatives while the Austin Public Library is closed. 


APL accepts donations of anything printed or recorded except magazines (books, DVDs, CDs, video and audio tape) as well as e-readers and tablets. Drop off smaller donations (two bags or small boxes) at any any Austin Public Library location during open hours.

Larger donations should be taken to Recycled Reads, our used bookstore. Recycled Reads is run primarily by volunteers with materials withdrawn from the library’s collection and the community’s donations. Recycled Reads accepts donations up to 30 minutes before closing time: noon - 7:30 on Thursday and noon - 5:30 on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 

For the safety of staff and volunteers, donated items should be in sturdy grocery bags or standard-sized boxes that you do not mind parting with. If the quantity to be donated is more than 10 boxes, please call to make an appointment. This ensures there will be adequate staff available to receive it. You can make an appointment by calling Recycled Reads at (512) 974-7460. For security reasons, we cannot accept donations outside of the days and times listed above, and staff are not allowed to touch items left outside of our door. 

At the time of donation, staff will issue a receipt or a Deed of Gift form upon request. The library staff does not appraise the value of donated books or other materials.

We would add a donated title to our collection only if it were a popular, high demand item that is already in the catalog, and in pristine condition. Please see our Gift Policy. If you are a local author with professional recognition contact the Austin History Center to see if your book matches the Center's selection criteria.

If you would like to dedicate a book to the library in memory of someone, please see the Make a Financial Donation or Tribute section of Support the Library.

Other places to donate are: Inside Books Project and Bookspring (for children's books).