Purchase gently used hardcover and paperback books, magazines and DVDs at a fraction of the retail cost. Books are available for sale at both the Main Library and the LaSalle Branch.

If you are interested in volunteering with the Friends of the Library, please ask at the circulation desk for further details.

Donation Guidelines

The Friends of the Niagara Falls Public Library appreciates your donation of books to help supply our ongoing book sale. Proceeds support the Niagara Falls Public Library and its programs. The currency of the materials you want to donate is important to us. In general we are happy to accept donations with publication dates within the last three years. Paperback fiction should have been published within a year.

The Library accepts books as donations with the understanding that they may be disposed of in a manner most convenient to the Library. Means of disposing of books include sale, donation to other institutions and, when necessary, destruction.

Book donations are tax deductible. The Library issues a receipt for books donated upon request but does not establish a monetary value for the donation.

We especially encourage donating any of the following:

Coffee table books
Arts books
History books
Cooking books
Gardening books
Craft and hobby books
Children's books
Current textbooks (within last two years)
Classical literature
Books on tape or CD

Please note: After November 1, 2017, the Friends will no longer be accepting the following donations:

  • VHS
  • Cassette tapes
  • Encyclopedias
  • Magazines dated before 2015
  • Books without covers
  • Dictionaries
  • Textbooks dated before 2012

Please refrain from donating any of the following:

Books in poor condition
Readers Digest Condensed Books
Computer and technology books older than three years
Reference books older than three years
Travel books older than three years
CDs, DVDs or VHS tapes that are homemade or are missing covers
Vinyl records

Bringing donations to the library

Please bring your donations in small boxes or bags that can be easily carried. Please do not place donated materials in the book returns. Donations may upon occasion be denied due to space limitations.

Large Donations (more than 2 boxes)

If you have a large amount of materials that you wish to donate, please contact us with the quantity and a description of the materials. Donated items are evaluated with care and we have only limited storage space to store materials while they wait to be processed.

A staff person will contact you promptly to let you know if the library is able to accept a large number of materials at the time you wish to bring the materials.