Books

Books may be delivered to the Resource Recovery Facility for recycling at no charge. Please do not put books in your curbside blue cart.

Books, along with many other items, are also accepted for donation by Friends of the Library at any City or County library. Accepted items include:

  • Hard cover and soft cover books
  • Original DVDs, VHS tapes and music CDss (no copies)
  • Books on CD or cassette

All donations must be in good condition.

NOT ACCEPTED: No catalogues, magazines, or newspapers. No vinyl records, textbooks, encyclopedias, outdated computer manuals or travel guides.

The following local organizations also accepted donated books in good condition: 

Thrift Center | 1305 Water St.
Monday – Saturday 9am – 8pm, Sunday 9am – 6pm

Salvation Army | 812 Pacific Ave.
Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm

Goodwill | 204 Union St.
Monday – Saturday 8am – 7pm, Sunday 9am – 6pm

Fabulous Finds | 205 River St.
Monday – Saturday 10am – 4pm

Goodwill Central Coast Bookstore | 815 Soquel Ave
Monday – Sunday 11am – 7:30pm

 

Ways to Reduce

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Check Out from the Library

Take advantage of your library and check out books. Checking out books, instead of buying them brand-new, saves paper and keeps more old books out of landfills.

Ways to Reuse

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Free Little Library

Free Little Library is a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange. There are over 32,000 registered little libraries that are spread out across all fifty states and seven countries. Find a free little library.

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Amazon Trade-In Program

Exchange books and electronics for an Amazon gift card through Amazon’s Trade-In Program. Shipping is free with their prepaid shipping labels. Make sure items are in acceptable condition.

Make a Donation

Drop off unwanted books at a charity or thrift shop. You can donate children books to the Boys and Girls Club and academic books to the Bridge to Asia program.

Sell Your Books

Consider selling old books at a yard sale or to a bookstore that sells used books. There are also online marketplaces such as Amazon, ebay or AbeBooks.

Did You Know?

The Environmental Impact of Books

Two billion books are purchased annually in the United States. Keep in mind that one tree makes only about 25 books.