Donate to the Library

The Palo Alto Library benefits from our superb Friends of the Palo Alto Library and generous public constituency.

This support, enables the library to provide programming for all ages, enrich our collections and furnish our facilities.


You can donate to the library through the Friends of the Palo Alto Library.

The Friends of the Palo Alto Library supports the library and its users through advocacy, volunteerism, contributions, and book sales.

Your donations:

  • fund many vital library needs such as new books, computers, children’s summer reading programs, and online resources
  • decrease the burden on our landfills
  • yield a tax deduction for you

Drop-off Location & Hours:

Cubberley Community Center (Main Room)
4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Monday to Saturday, 3–5 PM

  • FOPAL is open for drop-off donations of up to 6 boxes or bags (except for the week before their monthly book sale)
  • No appointment is needed, unless you have a larger donation (7 or more boxes)

For more information, visit Donate to FOPAL or contact Janette Herceg, FOPAL Volunteer & Sales Manager at (650) 494-1266.

Ways the Library Uses Donated Materials

The Library welcomes input from the community concerning the collection and invites our customers to make purchase suggestions.

We strives to provide a diverse collection to meet the educational, informational, and recreational needs of its clientele.

The Library staff consider these and other factors in selecting materials, whether the materials are from donation or acquisition:

  • Popular interest or demand
  • Reputation and significance of the author, artist or producer
  • Price
  • Age-level suitability
  • Relevance to the community
  • Physical durability
  • Availability

Monthly Book Sale

As the library receives large amounts of donated material, those materials that do not meet the selection criteria for adding to the library collection are given to the Friends, who then offer them for sale to the public.

The monthly book sale location:

Cubberley Community Center
Every 2nd Saturday and Sunday of each month
11 am - 4 pm

Donated materials, as well as items withdrawn from the library's collection, are available at very reasonable prices. These popular sales earn over $15,000 per month; net proceeds are donated to the Library by the Friends of the Palo Alto Library.

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