Book Sale Donations – What do we accept?

The Friends of the Guelph Public Library are very grateful for your donations – they help to make the sale the great success it has become year after year. This is what we accept and (with regret) cannot accept for the annual sale:


Please note that donated items in poor condition are discarded during the pre-sale sorting process, and that disposal of these items is costly and time-consuming. The Friends will dispose of:

  • Any item that is dirty, water damaged, mildewed or musty smelling
  • Books with torn, or missing pages, or items that are severely worn (especially paperbacks)
  • Hardcover books and paperbacks with pages so “yellowed” that the print is hard to read
  • Books with very loose or broken bindings
  • Games, puzzles or media sets with missing or broken pieces
  • Any items showing signs of insect infestation or mold

      With regret, we cannot accept:

  • Items described above
  • Textbooks
  • Audio-cassettes, or books on audio-cassette
  • Magazines and Journals, either individual issues or collections such as large runs of National Geographic
  • Encyclopedia sets
  • Reader’s Digest condensed books
  • Blank-page journals or diaries
  • Books or media items whose content is no longer of general interest or utility – eg. very old medical or consumer help guides.

We gratefully accept:

  • Fiction and non-fiction books in any language appealing to adults, young adults, and children
  • Hardcover, soft-cover, trade-paperback, large-print books in any size ranging from mass-media paperback to large coffee table sized books
  • Games and puzzles that are intact
  • Sheet music
  • Antiquarian, rare and collectable books (pre 1960 with a copyright date)
  • Media – CD’s, books on CD (please no talking books on audio-cassettes), LP’s, DVD’s, blu-rays, video-cassettes