Donations only accepted on specific donation days. Please call the library for more information.

Books & Materials Donation Guidelines

The Edwardsville Public Library is only able to accept donations of materials and books on specific donation days. Please call the library for more information.


EPL appreciates your donations of new, or gently used, books and materials. Donated books and materials not added to the library’s collection may be sold in Carnegie’s Café and Used Book Store, sponsored by the Edwardsville Library Friends, or sold online to used book vendors. Proceeds from these sales are used by the Friends to support library programming and services.

Procedure for Donating:

  • Call ahead and speak with the Development & Outreach Librarian (618-692-7556 x 7) to make arrangements for large donations (more than 2 bags or boxes).
  • Large donations not pre-arranged may be turned away.
  • Donations can be brought to the Adult Service Desk for review.
  • Please do not leave donations outside library building or in book drops.
  • Library staff cannot put a monetary value on your materials donations, but we can provide a receipt of delivery if requested.

We Cannot Accept:

  • Any item donated with restrictions or disposition of use.
  • Any item with the following:
    • Water stains / food stains
    • Mold stains (mold can spread to existing books in our collection)
    • Aged books with yellowed & loose pages
    • Torn pages / broken spine
    • Noticeable odor (ie. smoke)
    • Cracked DVDs / CDs / cases
    • Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, Bibles, or Reference Sets/Volumes
    • Maps or Atlases
    • Photographs or Artwork
    • Textbooks
    • Computer books over 2 years old
    • Magazines (a small number of magazines (6 or less) can be placed in our “free” basket)
    • National Geographic collections/issues

Please contact the Development & Outreach Librarian if you wish to make a memorial donation, or if you have items that may have local genealogical interest.