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Donate to the Library

There are several ways in which to support the library in its mission to provide free access to ideas, information, cultural experiences and educational opportunities to the Boulder community:

MoneyBoulder Library Foundation

Becoming a friend of the Boulder Library Foundation is one way you can help support a community of lifetime learning and participation at the Boulder Public Library. All gifts include email updates on Library activities and events – and free access to books for life!

Support the Boulder Public Library by donating to the Boulder Library Foundation. The Foundation appreciates cash donations in any amount. These funds are used to support programs and services not included in the library budget. All contributions to the Boulder Library Foundation are tax-deductible.

Memorial or Tribute Gift

Make a contribution in honor of or in memory of a loved one using the Boulder Library Foundation donation page or email [email protected].

Used Books or Other MaterialsDonation bin at Main Library

Please bring your donations in small boxes or bags that can be easily carried. Bring items to the front information desk inside the Arapahoe entrance of the Main Library.  Donated items may be sold at the used book sales, at the library bookstore, through EcoCycle, or donates them to other nonprofit agencies.  The money raised by sales goes to fund programming and to purchase other library materials.

We accept hardcover and trade paperback books and gently used media materials (DVDs, CD, audiobooks). We do NOT accept cassette tapes, VHS, magazines. For the full list of accepted items, please see the Donated Books Guidelines.

More information: Donate books or other materials

Materials for our History Collections

The Carnegie Branch Library for Local History welcomes the donation unique materials relating to the history of Boulder County with a special emphasis on Boulder.  

More information: Donations and Collections Policy for the Carnegie Branch

A Book That You Wrote

Due to the high cost of evaluating, processing and cataloging donated materials, the library does not add donated items to the circulating collection. We may acquire self-published books when they include unique local content, fit the scope of the Library’s collection plan and meet our selection criteria, including quality, accuracy, and editing.  

More information: Guidelines for Authors and Publishers

Donate Your Time – Volunteer

The library benefits tremendously from the support and dedication of our many volunteers.  We have many different volunteer opportunities, including programs at BLDG 61 Makerspace, BoulderReads and the Carnegie Branch for Local History.  Please call 303-441-3114 for more information.