Book Donations and Sales

The Friends Bookstore is Open!

The Friends Bookstore is open during library hours – currently 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday; and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday.

To maintain social distancing, the number of customers will be limited to three at any one time. This number includes children.


Pop-Up $1 Book Sale in Library Lobby

Please visit the lobby of the library for our pop-up $1 book sale going on now!  All adult books are priced at $1; children’s books are priced at 50 cents.  Payment is made at the checkout desk.


Update as of May 17, 2021: Book/CD/DVD Donations

Thank you for your patience in waiting for further information on the Friends of the Princeton Public Library book/CD/DVD donation process.

Beginning Monday, May 17, the Friends will accept donations once again without an appointment.  Please bring your books/CDs/DVDs to the back entrance of the library on Sylvia Beach Way during library open hours.  Please ring the doorbell and someone will assist you.  (Please keep in mind that library staff may be assisting other patrons at the time and may be delayed in answering the ring.)

We ask that you limit donations to 5 boxes/bags per day.  See below for information on the types of items that we can accept.

Send an email to with any questions.



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 (609) 924-9529, ext.1227.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept:

    • Badly worn, marked up, stained, musty or moldy items
    • Magazines or journals
    • Encyclopedias
    • VHS or cassette tapes, computer games or vinyl records
    • Computer, business, finance, health or travel guides which are more than 5 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.