Book Donations and Sales

Bookstore and Annual Book Sale

The Friends and Foundation 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. In addition, the Friends and Foundation hosts a large-scale annual book sale each fall, which brings in booksellers from across the NY-NJ tri state area, and raises welcome funds to support the library.


We are always looking for new volunteers to join our team of book lovers who sort and price donated books, stock the store or help out at our sales. This is a rewarding and engaging way to give back to the community, and an opportunity to meet fellow bibliophiles!

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


Book/CD/DVD Donations

We gladly accept donations of books, CDs and DVDs in good condition whenever the library is open. However, we can only accept up to 5 boxes or bags at a time. If you have more than 5 boxes, please contact the Friends Book Sale Manager ( so we can schedule an appointment. Please pack items in sturdy bags or boxes, or tie them securely with string, and bring them to the lending desk, or deliver them to the staff entrance on Sylvia Beach Way, and ring the bell.  A member of staff will assist you, and can provide a tax receipt for donations. 

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 3 years old 

The Friends and Foundation of the Princeton Public Library appreciate your generous donations. We 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.