Library supporters are encouraged to make financial donations to the Friends of the Hennepin County Library (Friends of HCL).
Books and other materials
The Library accepts donations of books and other materials. The materials will be added to the library collection or sold in book sales to benefit the Library. The Library does not provide appraisals and does not accept materials that are not outright gifts.
Before going to a Hennepin County library to donate materials, please contact that location for more information and to confirm that donations are currently being accepted.
For donations related to local history, personal or organizational archives, or books of special value, please review the Special Collections Donation Guidelines.
See the Library Board Donation Policy for information about donating works of art.
Frequently asked questions
What kinds of materials does Hennepin County Library accept?
HCL accepts donations of books and AV materials that are in good condition. The library does not accept books with mold, handwriting, or highlighting; magazines; Reader's Digest condensed books; or textbooks.
What happens to the book (or other material) after I donate it?
Staff will determine if the material will be added to the library collection or given to the Friends of HCL to be sold in a book sale to benefit the Library. Materials that contain outdated information about health, science, business, etc. will be recycled.
Once I donate my book, can I get it back?
Once you donate an item, the gift becomes the property of the Library or the Friends of HCL. We are unable to return donated materials.
If I donate this to you, can you tell me how much it is worth for IRS purposes?
By law, we cannot determine the value of a donation for IRS purposes. We can supply you with a letter that acknowledges the donation you made to the Library.
If you will not accept my donation, do you have a list of other places that might?
Here is a list of some organizations that may accept your donations.
I'm an author or artist, how can I get my book, CD, or DVD into your library?
See information for authors and artists on the Suggest a Purchase page.