Book Donations and Sales

The Friends Bookstore is Open

The Friends Bookstore is open during library hours – currently 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 1-5 p.m. on Sunday; and additional hours of 4-7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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


3/19/21: Update – Pausing New Book Donation Appointments

Due to the overwhelming response to our book donation appointments made since January, we will pause new book donation appointments for a few weeks in order to allow our volunteers to get caught up with preparing materials for the bookstore and annual sale.  [Please note that appointments already booked through the end of April are still on schedule.]

Send an email to to be added to our book donations email list. We will let you know as soon as you are able to book an appointment once again beginning with dates in May and/or June.


Paused – Book Donations (by appointment only)

Book donations will be received by appointment on a limited basis on Tuesday and Thursday mornings between 9-10 a.m.  Donations must be made directly to the library’s Community Room – Hind’s Plaza/outside entrance – without library staff assistance.  There is a limit of 10 boxes/bags/bundles per donation.

Send an email to for complete instructions on how to make an appointment.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we attempt to accommodate our many donation requests.  



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 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 10 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 3 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.