Autumn brings spectacular color across the Truckee Meadows
Autumn brings spectacular color across the Truckee Meadows

How do I donate books or other items to the library?
Washoe County Library welcomes donations of books and audiovisual materials. Donated items are considered for addition to the Library’s collection in accordance with the Collection Development Policy. Items not added to the collection may be sold to raise funds for new library materials, either through branch booksales or the Friends of Washoe County Library. We appreciate your donations – they help strengthen our libraries!
The Library will generally accept the following items:
  • Hardback and paperback books in good condition (clean, without markings, with covers and pages intact, etc.)
  • Audiovisual items (e.g. CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, software) in excellent and usable condition
  • Recent volumes of popular magazines
The following items are generally not needed by the Library, as they may have limited use and we may already receive more donations than we can use, sell, or give away. These types of materials may be accepted by WCSD's Education Alliance, The Salvation Army, Savers, and other similar organizations:
  • Encyclopedias more than five years old
  • College textbooks more than five years old
  • Reader's Digest condensed books
  • National Geographic magazines
Donations of up to two (2) boxes will be accepted at library branches during normal operating hours (branch hours & locations). The Library is not able to pick up donations. Library staff will accept your donation and can provide a donation acknowledgement letter. We do not place a cash value on the donation but will acknowledge the quantity donated for tax purposes. If you have more than two boxes of donations, please consider donating directly to the Friends of Washoe County Library, whose book sales generate much-needed revenue for new library materials and services.