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How do I make donations to the Library?



The entire community benefits from your donation of materials or funds and your Library is grateful that you think of us. Thank you for your generosity!

  • Cash. For a one-time donation of funds to the Contra Costa County Library, please use the PayPal donation form or the paper form if you prefer to mail a check.

  • Books. Begin at your Community Library.  Community Library staff use many criteria when assessing donations to add to the collection. Age and condition of a title, intended audience, size of collection to which the title is being donated, specific community need, alternative means to access a title, and other factors play a role. Staff balances these criteria against the cost of owning the material (cataloging, processing, other staff costs, and storage costs) in accordance with the Library's Collection Development Plan.

  • Books for Friends Groups. Many of the Community Libraries are supported by Friends of the Library groups that work closely with library staff to accept & process donations. In many cases, Friends groups are offered materials for book sales. The Friends of the Library run these sales in order to generate funding for new books and library programs. Visit your Friends of the Library page to find a description of what kinds of books your local Friends group accepts.                                                                                                       

  • Bestsellers. If you purchased a copy of the latest bestseller and you're finished reading it, please consider donating it to your Community Library. Help your neighbors by helping your Library meet the demand for the latest titles!

  • Juvenile Hall. If you would like to buy a new book and donate it to the Orin Allen Youth Rehabilitation Facility or  Juvenile Hall Library, please use their wish list on Amazon.

  • Brentwood Library has its own Memorial and Honor Book program. You can make your request over the phone, in person or by printing out the form and mailing or faxing it in.

  • Leave a Library Legacy! If you wish to discuss a gift to the Library, please call the County Librarian at 925.608.7700.
    If you are planning to include the Contra Costa County Library in your will, you should also consult your attorney.


All contributions to the Contra Costa County Library are tax deductible.

After reviewing the guidelines for donations at your local library do you still have other items you would like to donate?

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