Donated Materials

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Donating Your Books

When can I donate?

The final date to drop off book donations before the volunteers take a summer break is May 7, 2022.

Donations toward our book sales can be dropped off at the library on the first Saturday of each month, at 1 pm until the volunteers’ bins are full (no later than 3 pm). The library cannot accept donations outside of this donation date and time. Please do not leave donations outside the library or in the book drop at any time.

How does it work?

A volunteer will pre-screen your donations while you wait, and will accept those that meet donation guidelines (see below). You will be asked to please take back any items that do not meet the donation guidelines.

Guidelines for Donating Material for the Friends Book Sale

Books and DVDs must be in good, clean, saleable condition—free of mildew, mold, dirt or water damaged. Before you donate, please examine the item and ask yourself “Would I buy this book in this condition?” If the answer is no, then please, recycle the item. Unfortunately, in the past approximately 1/3 of all our donations ended up in the recycling depot or trash.

We gladly accept:

  • Children’s books
  • Hardcover and paperback fiction and non-fiction books
  • DVDs (in original case)

We do not accept (please recycle or discard):

  • Any damaged book
  • Activity books and workbooks (like colouring books)
  • Annuals and yearbooks
  • Audio cassettes, VHS tapes, LP records & computer software
  • Catalogues
  • Encyclopedias
  • Directories and telephone books
  • Magazines (like National Geographic or cooking publications)
  • Non-Western script books
  • Reference and technical material over 5 years old
  • Textbooks

Donating Material to the Library Collection

If you are interested in donating materials to be placed in the library’s collections, please contact us for more information. Read the Collections Development Policy (includes our Gifts and Donations Policy).

All gifts become the property of the Bowen Island Public Library, and donations may be added to the collection at the Library’s discretion. Bowen Library does not guarantee the inclusion nor the permanence of a donation in our collection.

Most donations go to our Friends of the Library for inclusion in their mini bookstore or their annual BookFest sale. Proceeds from the Friends book sales help to support Library collections, programs, and services.

Thank you for your donation!