Spring cleaning? Too many books and not enough space? Wondering where to take your book donations? The Orem Public Library accepts donations of gently used books and media items. We have several loyal volunteers who will check the condition of each item. Those that are in really good condition will be passed on to one of our many collection developers for them to determine if they should be added to the library collection. But, don’t despair! If it doesn’t make the cut, it will be priced to be sold in our sale area which also benefits the library.

Yes, we may accept donations, but that doesn’t mean we cheer about everything that comes to us in boxes and bags. If your items have been in a storage unit or garage for years and are covered in dust, mold and/or spider webs, we’d rather not get them! As much as we love them, every book has a limited lifespan. (Could be months, could be 100+ years!) The donated items that smelled like gasoline a few years ago, went right out to the garbage dumpster!

Also, we do not accept encyclopedia sets, textbooks, magazines, newspapers, VHS movies, or music and spoken word on cassette tapes.

Please, keep us in mind as you are downsizing, reorganizing, moving and such and bring us your books, movies, and music that you no longer want. We will do our best to find them a new home!

Where to Take Book Donations | Behind the Shelves

Written by Sharon Whetten, Assistant librarian in the Acquisitions Department