Book Donations

The Friends of Sequim Library (FOSL) and the Sequim Branch Library of the North Olympic Library System appreciate the wonderful donations of books and media from the public.  These donations are our main source of income.  The Sequim area residents are incredibly generous with their donations.  We receive an average of 5,000 items per month.  Please see the FOSL Donation Guidelines below before donating any items.

The Sequim Branch Library has the first choice from donated materials.  The Friends coordinate with the branch manager to see that needed books and media are put into the library holdings.  The remainder of the items are sold at the monthly FOSL book sale or in the branch lobby. 

The Friends of Sequim Library have developed some donation guidelines.  Unfortunately, not everything that is donated is in good enough condition to sell (books that are water damaged, are moldy, or are soiled with animal and bird droppings have to be discarded).  FOSL has to provide for their disposal and our monthly trash removal costs can be quite high.  In addition, there are certain types of books that are no longer marketable such as most general reference encyclopedia sets, outdated text and computer books, Reader's Digest condensed books and magazines.  Here is the FOSL Board approved donation guidelines: 

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The volunteers are truly appreciative of your contributions to make our “Second Saturday” book sales a success!  Your donated items make these sales possible.  Please remember that if we cannot sell any item, we have to pay to dispose of it.

In addition to our donation shed behind the library - open anytime, volunteers are at the Friends’ building on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9-10:30am to check and receive donations.  Large amounts can be brought in at this time or contact your librarian for more information.

Here are guidelines to help you determine which donations will sell:

Current fiction and non-fiction 
Books with a pre-1940 copyright if in good condition, unmarked, with no loose  pages.
DVD’s  and  CD’s

Condition really matters - Ask yourself if the condition is such that you would buy the book.


Dirty, musty, damp, stinky or damaged items
Books on medicine or nutrition prior to 2008
Computer, business, education, investment, travel or textbooks prior to  2012
Old paperback romances
National Geographic magazines
Popular magazines
Video tapes

Thank-you for your cooperation. Remember in Real Estate it is: ‘Location, location, location’.  In your donations it is:  ‘Condition, condition, condition’.

Bags and boxes weighing 25 pounds or less are appreciated.  Rev. 8/2014

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Donations may be dropped off 24/7 at the Friends Building behind the Sequim Branch library.  Please open the sliding window and put the books in the bins in the small shed just north of the FOSL building.  Please remember to close the window!  If you have large boxes, they may be left on the tables on the north side of the FOSL building.  We pick up several times per day.

Volunteers meet every Wednesday from 9:00 am to 11:00 am and are glad to receive donations at that time, too.