Book Donations and Sales

Other Book Sales Updates

Book/CD/DVD Donations

PAUSED beginning Monday, November 1, 2021, reopening Tuesday, November 16, to prepare for our annual book sale.

Beginning Monday, August 16, 2021, the Friends will once again accept book/CD/DVD/Blu-Ray donations.  Please read this entire page for information on how many, what type, and the condition of donations we accept.

You can bring your book/CD/DVD/Blu-Ray donations of up to five boxes/bags each day, during library open hours, to the back of the library (off of Sylvia Beach Way). Ring the doorbell (at the double doors) and a staff member will assist you.

Send an email to with any questions.

Friends Bookstore Hours

The Friends Bookstore is open during library hours.  Current hours are available at


The Friends of the Princeton Public Library run an amazing used bookstore on the ground floor of the library. Open to everyone during library hours, the store offers a wide selection of books, ranging from children’s early readers to thrillers to philosophical treatises. Books are added daily, so if you are looking for a beach read or that rare, out-of-print title, be sure to come in and browse for a bargain. Every purchase supports the library!


We are always looking for new volunteers to join our team of book lovers who sort and price donated books, stock the bookstore or help out at our sales.

If you would like to know more about volunteering opportunities, please contact the Friends Book Sale Manager by emailing or by calling 609.924.9529 ext.1227.

Book/CD/DVD Donations: Recycle Knowledge

The Friends need book donations to fill the tables at our sales and keep the bookstore shelves stocked with treasures. Although we welcome your books, CDs and DVDs throughout the year, we normally do not accept donations in the days leading up to our annual sale, and notices are placed on the website and at the library in advance.


We gladly accept books, CDs and DVDs in good condition, and can provide a tax receipt for all donations. Please pack items in sturdy bags or boxes, or tie them securely with string.

We have a few rules and exceptions: If you have more than five boxes of books, we need a little more information and notice, so please contact the Friends Book Sale manager by email at or by phone at (609) 924-9529, ext.1227.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept:

  • Badly worn, marked up, stained, musty, or moldy items
  • Magazines or journals
  • Encyclopedias
  • VHS tapes, cassette tapes, computer games, or vinyl records
  • Computer, business, medical, or travel guides more than five years old

The Friends of the Princeton Public Library try to find a new home for each of the thousands of books donated to our bookstore and sales. These generous donations are the key to a successful retail operation, which typically raises over $150,000 for the library. Not every book finds its way to the shelves of our store; but, being book lovers ourselves, we make every effort to find a reader for each book.