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FAQs: Support Your Library

Does the library accept used materials as donations?

Due to the high cost of processing and the level of wear and tear library books encounter, we do not accept used items. The main exception is items about local history, particularly those that are rare or out of print.

However, many of our libraries have a Friends of the Library group that can sell your used books to generate support for library programs and services. Contact your local librarian for details.

How do I donate materials to the library?

We appreciate the generosity of our donors! We encourage individuals to donate materials at any time to their local Friends of the Library group to support local programs and events; please contact your local library for more information. NCW Libraries sells and redistributes additional donated materials to support literacy programs and activities across our five-county service area.

We gladly accept:

  • Gently used fiction and nonfiction books for teens, children, and adults (hardback and paperback)
  • DVDs and books on CD
  • Textbooks, travel guides, and technology books that were published within the last three years

We are not able to accept:

  • Encyclopedias or dictionaries
  • Textbooks, travel guides, and technology books that are more than three years old
  • VHS tapes, Music CDs, or video games
  • Magazines, workbooks, newspapers, journals, calendars, binders, or spiral bound books
  • Books that are moldy, wet, dirty, torn, have strong odors, or are otherwise damaged

The library recommends donating special collections or rare books to local museums or other cultural or educational organizations that can preserve fragile or valuable items.

How to Donate Materials:

  • Libraries without a local Friends group can accept up to 30 sellable items per week during open hours.
  • We will gladly accept larger donations with advance notice. Please contact your local library or email to coordinate donations of more than 30 items.
  • You may also drop off larger donations at our Distribution Center in Wenatchee. Please email for details and to coordinate a time to drop off materials. Materials must be packed in closed, stackable boxes.
Who are the Friends of the Library?

Most of our libraries have Friends of the Library groups. These are groups of private citizens who support and fundraise for their local libraries. The most common fundraisers are annual used-book sales. The Friends use their proceeds to enhance their local libraries and promote literacy in their communities.

Contact your local library for more information!

What does the library do with old and surplus items?

We use the Public Surplus website to sell items approved for surplus. If you would you like furniture, equipment, vehicles, and miscellaneous items please find us on their website

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