Donate Books

Surrey Libraries accepts donations of lightly used books and magazines.

What we can accept

  • Used books and magazines in good condition and of current interest
  • Less than 20 books at one time at any branch. If you have more, contact your local library
  • Books in other languages. Contact the Manager, Multicultural Services at 604-598-7411 or
  • LEGO & DUPLO for children's programming. Please contact your local library

Books and magazines not added to our collection are sold in our book sales. We use the revenue to help buy new materials.

Tax receipts

To be eligible for a tax reciept, new book donations are first evaluated by Collections Services staff and must have the original sales receipt. If the book is accepted, a tax receipt is issued. New items not suitable for the collection are returned to the donor.

What we cannot accept

  • Videos, DVDs, CDs or computer software (for copyright reasons)
  • Damaged materials (e.g, yellowed, marked, mouldy, or underlined)
  • Cardboard boxes

Other ways to recycle your used materials

  • Donate items to your local thrift store or charity
  • Donate magazines or books with pictures or photographs to a daycare, preschool, or school
  • Recycle unwanted CDs, videos and tapes at your local recycling depot. Call the Recycling Hotline at 604-RECYCLE (604-732-9253)
  • Surrey Reuses has options for donating books