Book Donation FAQ

The Friends of the Oakville Public Library raise over $30,000 for the Oakville Public Library annually, with most funds coming from bi-annual book sales run by Friends volunteers. We welcome book and audio visual (music, audio books, and movies) donations and are grateful for them, as they provide us with revenue we use to enhance library programs and services. Please note that we can only sell books and other items that are in good condition. For this reason we cannot accept items that are outdated, marked, moldy, smelly, torn, or yellowed.

Your donations can be dropped off at any OPL branch during regular hours. Please call beforehand if you have a donation larger than two boxes. Sorry, we cannot issue tax receipts for book donations.

We accept:
• Fiction Books (including teen and children’s) that are in good condition
• Non-Fiction books (including teen and children’s) that are in good condition
• Audio-visual material (music, audio books, and movies (DVD and/or BluRay)

We respectfully decline:
• Non-fiction books that are outdated and no longer relevant
• Books that are not intact or that are torn, discolored, moldy or smelly
• Books with excessive writing, markings, or highlighting
• Encyclopedias
• Magazines including National Geographic
• Audio cassettes
• VHS tapes
• Textbooks

If in doubt about whether to donate an item, a good rule of thumb is to ask yourself if you would purchase the item in question. If you have any questions, please contact us. Your donations of good books make a huge difference in your community!