Book Sale Donations – What do we accept?


Donation drop-off at the sale site (69 Huron St.) starts on Tues. August 6 and ends Tues. Oct. 8.

Hours at the site, starting Tuesday, Aug. 6: Monday to Saturday, 2-5pm – no Sunday drop-off, no drop-off on Labour Day.

Donations may also be dropped off at any branch of the Guelph Public Library during their open hours any time after August 5. 


CONDITION REQUIREMENTS:  Donated items in poor condition are discarded during the pre-sale sorting process. 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
  • These media types – Audio-cassettes, books on audio-cassette, video-cassettes
  • 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
  • Textbooks (recent, no highlighting or underlining, and no marginal notations)
  • Games and puzzles that are intact
  • Sheet music, Scores, Music Songbooks (pop, folk, rock, country, musicals); Music Instruction books for learning (banjo, drums, guitar, piano, ukulele)
  • 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.