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Find more information about how and when we can accept donations to the Lincoln Public Library, and what we're able to accept.


Donations are accepted at the Staff Entrance to the Library between 9 AM and 12 PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. 

Please see a list of what we are able to accept and not accept.


Materials Accepted:

  • Current interest – novels, best sellers, items on popular topics
  • Information books
  • Children's books
  • Paperback books
  • Biographies and autobiographies of popular and historical individuals
  • Books of local interest
  • Vintage books (published before 1970)
  • Media: DVDs, CDs, audiobooks on CD


Materials Not Accepted:

  • VHS tapes
  • Cassette tapes/audiobooks on cassette
  • Encyclopedias
  • Magazines & newspapers
  • Condensed books (such as those published in Reader's Digest)
  • Phonograph records
  • Heavily used DVDs or CDs
  • Textbooks not currently used by Western Placer Unified School District or Sierra College
  • Items clearly marked as belonging to other organizations
  • Historical documents that do not relate to Lincoln or Placer County
  • Archival items such as maps, manuscripts, etc.


General information about donations to the library:

Gifts of donated material, such as books and audio-visual items, may be accepted into the Library’s collection after review by Library staff according to established guidelines. Items received but not used by the Library will be donated to the Friends of the Lincoln Public Library, recycled, given away, or discarded. 

The Library is most interested in receiving donations of new or gently used items in excellent condition. Groups or collections of items cannot necessarily be kept together and will be handled like all other donations. Large donations will be reviewed by staff before accepting. Donations valued at more than a $1,000 will be referred to the Director of Library Services. 

Donated items need to be in good condition. We do not accept items that are dusty, dirty, moldy, or smelly; items that have been kept in storage for more than a few months; or items that are ripped, torn, marked (ink, crayon, or highlighter), or water damaged.

We can provide a tax credit form upon receipt of your donated materials. 

Find out more about the Friends of the Lincoln Library here.

Thank you!