Have you started your spring clean early, and have some unloved books cluttering up your home? If you’re from San Francisco and not sure where the best places to donate old books are, then you’ve found the right place!

We’ve compiled a list of where to donate books in San Francisco, so you can continue Kon Mari-ing your home, whilst helping a great local cause in your area.


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📸 Jonas Barrientos


Friends of the San Francisco Public Library

Book Donation Center
1630 17th Street (between Carolina and Wisconsin)

Friends Bookstore Fort Mason Center
Building C, Room 165, Fort Mason Center

Book Donation Center
Tuesday – Friday: 10am – 4pm
Saturday: 10am – 2pm
Sunday – Monday: Closed

Friends Bookstore Fort Mason Center
7 days a week from 10am – 6pm

Website: https://www.friendssfpl.org/donatebooks.html

How to Donate

The Friends Bookstore only take smaller donations of 4 boxes or less. The Book Donation Center will be able to take larger donations, but please call ahead if you have any queries: (415) 771-1076. If you have more than 20 of the same book, call (415) 522-8606. Your donation is tax-deductible, and helps provide support to the San Francisco Library, so this is a great place to donate books in San Francisco.

The following items are accepted:

  • Text books
  • Graphic novels
  • Comic books
  • Any books in good condition

The following items are not accepted:

  • Damp or moldy books
  • Encyclopedias
  • Magazines
  • BHS tapes
  • Children’s and young adult books from school libraries

Prisoners Literature Project

Moe’s Books
2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704 (write “PLP” on the box)

Grassroots House
2022 Blake St, Berkeley, CA 94704

Bound Together Books
1369 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

Grassroots House
Best to drop off during their Wednesday or Sunday meetings. Sunday meetings from 2-6pm, and Wednesday meetings are from 6:30-9:30pm. 

Bound Together Books
11:30-7:30pm daily, but call ahead on (415) 431-8355 to check if someone will be there.

Website: https://www.prisonlit.org/donate/

How to Donate

Any books that are in good condition are encouraged to be donated to the program, even if they aren’t suitable to send directly to the prisoners. The Prison Literature Project always need paperbacks in good condition, and also hardcovers, in particular modern textbooks in current editions.

The following books are the most requested by prisoners:

  • Dictionaries – including ASL sign language and thesauruses.
  • ‘How to’ books – construction, gardening etc
  • Books on culture – in particular African-American, Latino, and Native American history
  • Good quality detective, sci-fi, fantasy fiction and western paperbacks.

The program also has an Amazon wishlist, which you can access here.

Children’s Book Project

Location: 1360 43rd Avenue, Room 105, San Francisco
Monday: 3:30pm – 6pm
Wednesday: 10am – 12pm
Thursday: 3:30pm – 6pm
First Saturday of each month: 10am-1pm
Website: https://www.childrensbookproject.org/give-books/

How to Donate

The Children’s Book Project is always in need of high interest, new or gently used books for children of all ages, from babies to teenagers.

The following books are accepted:

  • Books that include diverse characters for all ages
  • Board books
  • Spanish or Chinese language books for all ages
  • Popular series’ for 8-12 year olds

Due to limited space, the following items are not accepted:

  • Non fiction books for over 10 year olds
  • Library discards
  • Religious books
  • Dirty, dusty, moldy books (or any books in bad condition)

For a full list of what’s accepted, needed and not accepted you can find it on their website above.

Where To Donate Books in San Francisco: The Spark Notes

  • Friends of the San Francisco Public Library
  • Prisoners Literacy Project
  • Children’s Book Project

And there you go! Some of the great places to donate books in San Francisco – there’s no excuse not to donate now, as hopefully you’ve gained inspiration to donate those books gathering dust.