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Donate Materials & Book Sale

Cary Memorial Library accepts donations of gently used materials in reasonable quantities. Some items may be added to the library collection at the discretion of staff. Many materials not added to the collection are sold by the Friends of Cary Memorial Library in the Elizabeth K. Clark Book Store, at the Children's Book Sale Cart, or during the May and November Book Sales. Others are donated to charitable organizations.

We Cannot Accept:

  • Magazines
  • Textbooks
  • Travel or Computer books more than 2 years old
  • Items with obvious damage
    (water, mold, mildew, broken spines, pages missing or falling out)
  • CDs or DVDs without cases or covers

Please do not donate these items, as they take time and effort to dispose of.

Donation Guidelines

We welcome donations of only the following materials in good condition for both adults and children:

  • Hardcover and paperback fiction and current nonfiction
  • Music and spoken-word CDs
  • Films and television series on DVD

Materials may be left at the donation station in the parking lot entrance lobby. If you would like a receipt for tax purposes, please request one at the Adult Reference Desk on the Main Level.

Do you have other materials not on our list? The area organizations listed below are just a few that will accept printed and audiovisual materials.
Discover Books      Reach Out and Read      Prison Book Program      More Than Words

Friends of Cary Memorial Library bookstoreOngoing Book Sale

The Friends of Cary Memorial Library operate an ongoing Book Sale in the Elizabeth K. Clark Book Store on the library’s main level next to the Cary Commons.

Children's books and AV items are available for sale on the blue Children's Book Sale Cart inside the entrance to the Children's Room.

You’ll find a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction in excellent condition at very reasonable prices. Drop by and see!

Book sale roomMay and November Book Sales

The Friends also manage semi-annual Gently Used Book Sales in May and November. These book sales take place in the library’s Large Meeting Room over a three-day period. They are popular events that draw hundreds of book collectors and bargain-hunters from around the region. All proceeds benefit library programs and services.

The next Gently Used Book Sale will be Friday, November 15, Saturday, November 16, and Sunday, November 17, 2019.  

“Members Only Hours”: Friday, November 15, from 1 to 5 pm, and Saturday, November 16, from 9 to 10 am. Become a member during these hours and shop early for best selection at the sale! “General Hours”: Saturday, November 16, 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, November 17, 1 to 5 pm.


For more information, call 781-862-6288 x84407 or email us at .