Material Donation Guidelines

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Material Donation Guidelines

Salinas Public Library accepts donations of new or gently used materials to support and enhance the library collection. All donations become the property of Salinas Public Library. Staff will determine whether the donated material will be added to the library collection or given to the Friends of the Salinas Public Library (FOSPL).  FOSPL sells its items at the Friends Bookshop and the proceeds benefit the Library.

Please review the following guidelines before bringing your donation to the library. Any donation that does not meet the guidelines may be refused by library staff or will be disposed of at library’s discretion.

We will accept:

  • Hardcover and paperback books in good condition. We cannot accept damaged books (e.g. torn pages, broken bindings, soiled, markings or writing on text, musty or moldy). We also cannot accept clearly outdated materials.
  • Commercially published media, such as music CDs, DVDs, or Blu-ray discs.

We will not accept:

  • Magazines, including National Geographic or Reader’s Digests
  • Encyclopedias
  • Any reference materials, including price guide, travel guide, test preparation guide, or medical/financial/computer books that are older than 5 years old.
  • Non-commercially published or homemade media.
  • VHS or cassette tapes
  • Any materials in damaged condition, including items with broken bindings, smoke or water damage, missing pages, writings or markings, or soiled.

You may bring donated materials to the service desk at any library locations, during open hours. Please do not leave donation outside of library buildings or in the Library’s book return bins.
For larger donation of more than 50 items, please contact the Library at 831-758-7311 to set up a drop-off appointment at the John Steinbeck Library. Cesar Chavez and El Gabilan Library cannot accept large donations due to space limitations.

Thank you for supporting Salinas Public Library!