The Public Library Albuquerque and Bernalillo County appreciates the generosity of those who wish to donate books and other materials. Donations of books and audiovisual materials that are in good condition are accepted. Some items will not be accepted in the branches. For example, books with mold, handwriting and/or highlighting, magazines, Reader’s Digest condensed books, encyclopedias or textbooks cannot be accepted. Donors are encouraged to recycle these items.
Donations are reviewed at the branch level and may be selectively added to our collection. Factors considered for addition are content, condition, currency, relevance, collection need and space. Please be aware that there is a financial burden for the library to add donated items to the collection. These costs include: evaluation, data entry, accounting, cataloging, processing and distribution. In some cases these costs may exceed the cost of the item being donated.
Most donations become the property of The Friends for the Public Library and are sold at Book Sales for the benefit of the Public Library Albuquerque and Bernalillo County. Friends’ Book Sales provide vital funds for library programs and services at all 18 branches. The Friends decide if an item will be sold at a Book Sale or recycled if appropriate. Donated materials are not returned.
Author and publisher donations will be vetted by the Collections Development Manager. These items must meet the same standards as all other materials donations. Items not added to the collection will be sent to the Friends. By law the library cannot appraise donations, but will gladly issue receipts for the number of items donated. Monetary gifts are accepted and used to purchase materials as requested by the donor.
Friends for the Public Library Donation Guidelines
The Friends gladly accept donations of gently used books and more based on the general guidelines below. Some items may be added to the Library's collection, but the majority are sold at their monthly used book sales or in the Main Library Bookshop. For more information about the sales, visit the Friends for the Public Library.
What we would like to receive:
What we do not accept:
If you have questions about what we accept, please call the Friends @ 505-768-5167.
Donations can be dropped off during regular hours at any branch library except Alamosa, Ernie Pyle, Special Collections, or Westgate.
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A few things to remember:
Value of your donation
Your donation is tax deductible. Although we are unable to assign a dollar value to your donation, we are happy to give you an "Acknowledgement of Donation" at the time of drop-off.
Monetary gifts to the library are placed in special accounts and can be used only for library programs and services. All gifts are tax deductible.
Monetary gifts may be made to The Friends for the Public Library and The Albuquerque Public Library Foundation. Donations may be placed in special accounts and can be used only for library programs and services All gifts are tax deductible.
The Friends for the Public Library supports literacy programs and contributes funds for the professional development of library staff. The Friends, through donations and book sales, provide all of the funding for the Public Library programming, including the Summer Reading Program, Día de los Niños, Tellebration, and Books to the Big Screen. The Friends accept personal and corporate donations, planned giving, memorials and bequests to encourage and support educational and literacy programs through the library.
The Albuquerque Public Library Foundation supports literacy programs, library outreach to the community, and is dedicated to enriching the programs and services offered by the Public Library Albuquerque and Bernalillo County. The Foundation provides literacy and outreach support with programs for new parents, including Community Baby Showers, Reading Readiness information, and free children’s books. The Foundation accepts personal and corporate donations, grants, memorials and bequests to restore and revitalize library operations.
Thank you for considering volunteering your time and labor to promote Library services in Albuquerque. The Public Library Albuquerque and Bernalillo County Library has 18 locations throughout the Albuquerque area. Much of the Library’s work is routine, or requires extensive training. Volunteers are selected based upon their qualifications and the needs of the Library at any given time. A criminal background check will be required. There is no cost to the volunteer.
To become a volunteer you will need to complete and submit a Volunteer Application Form. Please take the application to the location where you would most like to volunteer.
A sample of volunteer opportunities is listed below. Not all opportunities are available at all times or at all locations. For a full list and descriptions, please ask at the reference desk.