Donations

The Friends of the Aurora Public Library is a non-profit, all volunteer organization whose primary mission is to provide direct financial support to the Aurora, Colorado Public Library system. This is accomplished by managing and operating our award winning used bookstore, The Book Outlet. We primarily stock our shelves of books and other materials with donations made by members of our community.

We appreciate your generous donations to the Friends and our worthy cause. However, we are not a recycling center so we ask that you review the following information before you consider donating your used books or other materials to The Book Outlet:

    • We accept donations during our regular business hours only. No donations will be accepted at the back door of The Book Outlet after 4:00 pm.
    • Your donation is fully tax-deductible. If you require a tax receipt, please ask for one when you make your donation.
    • Please do not leave books on the front sidewalk outside or near the back door if The Book Outlet is not open. Weather conditions may quickly cause them to become damaged and unusable. Donations can be dropped off at any branch of the Aurora Public Library during their regular business hours and they will be delivered to us.
    • We accept donations of GENTLY used hardback and paperback books of all genres for both adults and children, music CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, books on tape or CD, puzzles, sheet music, and LP records.
    • ALL MATERIALS MUST BE IN GOOD CONDITION. IF YOU WOULDN’T CONSIDER BUYING IT, PLEASE DON’T DONATE IT!
    • We cannot accept materials that have the following damage:
      • Water damage or evidence of mold
      • Food or pet stains
      • Excessive dirt and/or dust – if you can clean it please do so before donating.
      • Missing pages
      • Heavily underlined or highlighted books
      • Damaged covers with holes, bite marks or cuts
      • Torn pop-ups
      • Coloring or puzzle books that have been partially completed
      • Broken bindings
    • Please find another alternative for the following materials – we cannot accept them:
      • Encyclopedia sets
      • Computer books older than 2006
      • Textbooks older than 2005
      • Health, Fitness, Diet or Nutrition books older than 2005
      • Dictionaries and Thesaurus older than 2000
      • Travel books older than 2005
      • VHS tapes
    • We cannot arrange for pick-ups of donated materials at your location.
    • We reserve the right to refuse any donation that does not meet our high standards or to discard donated materials!