Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, a nonprofit organization that supports the public library, accepts book donations at its center at 438 Treat Ave. (between 17th and 18th St., near Harrison), Monday to Saturday from 10am – 2pm. You can call in advance about holiday hours. Donations are tax-deductible. You can contact the donation center at (415) 522-8600.

Small donations (5 boxes or less) are also accepted at Readers Bookstore in Fort Mason.

Those feeling more generous (4 boxes or more) can also arrange for their donation to be picked up by filling out the Book Donation Pickup Request Form.

In addition to books, the center also accepts:

  • Audio CDs, LPs, and books on CD and tape
  • DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and VHS tapes
  • Computer software and console games
  • Textbooks
  • Vintage posters, photos, postcards, travel brochures, maps, menus and other printed material

The center does not accept:

  • Books that are damp or moldy
  • General encyclopedias (World Book, Britannica, etc.)
  • Legal statutes and casebooks
  • Magazines (National Geographic and Smithsonian magazines can be donated to SCRAP SF)
  • Loose CDs, DVDs, etc. without their cases
  • Home-recorded (aka burned) CDs, DVDs, etc.


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