Book Donations & Sales

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 five boxes or bags at a time. If you have more than five boxes, please contact the Friends and Foundation Book Sale Manager ( so we can schedule an appointment.

Please pack items in sturdy bags or boxes which can be easily lifted, or tie them securely with string. Then you may bring them to the Lending Desk, or deliver them to the staff entrance on Sylvia Beach Way, and ring the bell. A staff member will assist you, and can provide a tax receipt for donations.

We gladly accept:

  • Hardcover and paperback books, including textbooks and graphic novels, manga and comics in GOOD condition for resale
  • Audio books on CD, DVDs, Blu-rays & music CDs in excellent condition. 

Unfortunately we cannot accept:

  • Badly worn, marked up, stained, musty or moldy items
  • Magazines or journals
  • Encyclopedias or English language dictionaries
  • VHS or cassette tapes, computer games or vinyl records 
  • CDs or DVDs without their cases and cover art/paper inserts
  • Computer, business, finance, health or travel guides which are more than 3 years old

Save the Dates for the Annual Book Sale

Sept. 20-22 in the Community Room

  • Gently used hardcovers and paperbacks, curated and sorted by subject.
  • Broad range of categories from academic to children’s books.
  • Most books are priced between $2 and $3, with art books and special selections priced higher.
  • Rare and collectible items including first editions, limited editions, out-of-print editions, signed copies and other treasures.
  • All proceeds benefit the library.
  • One of the top used book sales in the region, last year’s sale included about 10,000 books.
  • More details as the sale approaches.

Questions? Please contact


The Friends and Foundation of the Princeton Public Library run a gently used bookstore on the ground floor of the library. Open during library hours, the store offers a wide selection of books, ranging from children’s early readers to philosophical treatises. Books are added daily, so browse for bargains daily. In addition, the Friends and Foundation hosts an annual book sale each fall, which supports the library.


We do not need any new year-round volunteers at the moment, but if you would like to be added to the mailing list about volunteering opportunities at the Annual Book Sale, please contact the Friends and Foundation Book Sale Manager by emailing

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