Donate Books

The principal source of income of the Friends of the Library is the sale of donated books.

Father and son moving boxes of books stacked on a dolly

Gently used and new books of all types are appreciated. Recent books are particularly welcome. We also accept CDs, DVDs, puzzles and games.

Note: We are unable to resell badly damaged books, VCR and cassette tapes, Readers Digest condensed books, magazines, or encyclopedias that are more than 5 years old.

Bring books to the Donation Room at the left end of the Los Altos Main Library lobby (map). Inside the Donation Room you will find empty boxes and a hand truck that you can use to transport your donation from your car to the library. Donations are tax deductible. Receipts are available at the library circulation desk.

If you have any questions about how to best make a book donation, please contact us.

Donate Funds

If you would like to JOIN the Friends of the Library of Los Altos or renew your existing membership, as well as make a donation, please go to the  membership application form where you can do everything at once. Otherwise:

  • Donate online (donation form)
  • Donate by mail by printing the donation form, filling it out and mailing it along with your check, to the address below. Make your check payable to Friends of the Library of Los Altos and Community.
Friends of the Library
PO Box 212
Los Altos, CA 94023-0212

Memorial donations: Please think of us when making donations in memory of book lovers. When we receive donations in memory of individuals, the money can be used to purchase books that the individual might have enjoyed. For memorial donations, please provide the name of the person being remembered and their interests, and the name and address of the family member or other person who should receive donation notification.

Donate Funds to our New Program, Books For Schools

Books for Schools is a designated fund established by the Friends of the Library of Los Altos to pay for the books that teachers purchase for their classrooms at our used book sales. Teachers from K-8 have been taking advantage of this opportunity since May 2019. Thanks to a recent grant from the Los Altos Community Foundation, we will expand the program to cover K-12 at our February 2020 sale.

Since Books4Schools began the fund has placed over 2500 books in local classrooms. 35 teachers from 5 school districts have participated. Your donation will allow us to continue this very popular program. A dollar given to this fund puts a book in a classroom and supports the library at the same time. All teachers and librarians in publicly supported schools are eligible to register by sending an email to the address below.

To donate to the fund, note on your donation form and check that it is for “Books for Schools.” Please donate by mail by printing the donation form, filling it out and mailing it along with your check, to the address below. Make your check payable to Friends of the Library of Los Altos and Community.

Friends of the Library
PO Box 212
Los Altos, CA 94023-0212

Direct any further questions and/or requests for more information to: info@losaltoslibraryfriends.org

Friends of the Library of Los Altos and Community is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.  Our federal tax ID is 94-6083773. Your membership and donations are tax deductible as allowable by law.  To learn more about our sources of funds and expenditures, see our Annual Report for the last fiscal year.