Book Donations

The Library Foundation accepts books of all types (EXCEPT ENCYCLOPEDIAS) including novels, non-fiction, reference books, hardback and paperback. We gladly accept donations of media including DVD’s and CD’s.

Donations can be brought to the main library circulation desk whenever the library is open. Upon request, we can arrange for pick-up of larger donations from San Mateo, Burlingame and Hillsborough. Please call 650-558-7404 or email

Please note that all donations are tax deductible as defined by law. We evaluate all donations and more valuable items are offered for sale online.

Your donations are an important part of the overall support we can provide the library every year.  If you are spring cleaning, moving, having a garage or estate sale, or weeding a small library, your book and media donations are most welcome.


The Foundation depends upon and welcomes community volunteers to assist with the many facets of book selling, including: research, sorting and pricing, helping with periodic book sales, and large donation pickups. Whether you are interested in helping on a regular basis for an hour or two/week or are able to assist with periodic events, please call 650-558-7404 and join our team!