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Donating Books and Media


The San Antonio Library are pleased to accept donated materials in good condition at any of the SAPL locations. Donations are used in Friends' Book Sales at the branches, and the proceeds go to benefit the Friends of the Library at that branch. Contact your local branch to make sure they are currently accepting donations (and if they have preferred times—some have limited storage space which requires them to only accept donations close to the time of book sales).

You may also donate to the Central Library at any time. The Central Library hosts the Book Cellar in the basement, which is operated by the Friends of the San Antonio Public Library. Any proceeds the Book Cellar earns from the sale of donated materials is funneled back into the Friends of the San Antonio Public Library.

SAPL accepts books and media items (music CDs, DVDs, and Audio Books) for donation into the collection, and these are reviewed for addition on a case-by-case basis in accordance with our Collection Development policy. If you would like your donation to be considered for our collection, all you will need to do is include the notation, "Attention: Donation for Collection Development," when you drop off your items at Central Library or the branch location most convenient to you. Donated items that you wish to be considered for addition to the collection may also be mailed to:

San Antonio Public Library
Attention: Donation for Collection Development Department
600 Soledad
San Antonio, TX 78205

Please note that any items not added to the Library’s collection are sent to the Friends of the San Antonio Public Library for sale in the Book Cellar.

Lastly, donations to the library are tax-deductible. If you wish to make your donation a tax deduction, please ask for a receipt inside the library.

As for how to bring in your donations? Bags or boxes - your choice! Library staff will be happy to help bring in items as well.

Thanks for supporting San Antonio Public Library!

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