Book Donations and Sales


We are pleased to announce that the next Annual Book Sale will take place in the Community Room from Friday, September 16 through Sunday, September 18, 2022. More details to come as the date gets closer…






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 bookstore or help out at our sales.


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



Book/CD/DVD Donations


The Friends and Foundation 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.


 If you have more than five boxes of books and other materials to donate please contact the Friends and Foundation Book Sale manager by email at or by phone at (609) 924-9529, ext.1227, in advance to coordinate your donation.


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

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.


The Friends and Foundation of the Princeton Public Library tries 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.