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Donate Books

The Friends appreciate your donations of new and gently used items for sale during our book sales and to fill the shelves in our three book stores. Donations of two small bags, or less than 20 items, can be delivered to the circulation desk in any library location at the circulation desk. Please pack your donations in small to medium boxes or sturdy bags; most of our volunteers are senior citizens and cannot lift heavy boxes. Please let the library technicians know your donation is for the Friends.

Larger donations should be delivered on Thursdays, between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m., (accept on holidays) to our Friends of West Florida Public Library, Inc. warehouse located on 325 Commerce Street. When you arrive at the warehouse, please ring the doorbell so that someone can accept the donations at the front door. For small donations, the warehouse now has a metal Drop Box available for the rest of the week. If you need a receipt for tax purposes, we will provide one. We cannot, however, assign a dollar value to your donation.

If you have any questions about book donations, please contact Linda Williams at 850-450-2469 or email

We Accept

  • New or used recent bestsellers, hardback and paperback, fiction and non-fiction

  • Books for children and young adults

  • Large-print books in excellent physical condition

  • Textbooks in good condition and no older than ten years

  • Coffee table books in excellent condition

  • Rare or collectible books, including first editions and autographed copies (sold through our eBay storefront or in a specific section of seasonal book sales)

  • Books on CD/Audiobooks, in good condition

  • Commercially recorded music CDs, vinyl LPs and 45s

  • Movie DVDs or Blue Rays in good condition

  • Puzzles in excellent condition with all pieces and in a box

  • Magazines printed within the last six months (with the exception of National Geographic)

We Cannot

  • Damaged books (broken spines, missing covers, stained, mildewed, excessively highlighted or underlined)

  • Any Magazines that are older than six months (with the exception of National Geographic)

  • Textbooks older than 10 years

  • Encyclopedias

  • Law Codes or Statutes

  • Obsolete or outdated items such as cassettes or VHS tapes

  • Old travel books and maps

  • Old computer books

“I have too many books, said no book lover ever.” – Source unknown
But when you run out of room, bring the extras to us! We will try to "rehome them!"