We're now accepting book donations. Please bring large donations to Central Library where there are carts by the first floor entrance doors. Thank you!
Our next Book Sale is October 3-6. Click here for more information.

Donate Books & Materials

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Where to Donate Books and Materials

The following branches all take book donations during library hours: Aurora Hills, Central Library, Cherrydale, Columbia Pike, Glen Carlyn, Shirlington, and Westover.

Receipts for your donations are available at each branch. See a librarian at the Circulation Desk.   

We accept donations year round to help stock our biannual four-day book sales.

Other Materials We Accept

We will take used CD’s, DVD’s and sheet music. We also accept vinyl albums, journals, board games, maps, and children’s puzzles for our biannual book sales.

Biannual Book Sales

We hold two large book sales a year in the parking lot underneath Central Library at 1015 N. Quincy Street. The closest Metro stops are Ballston and Virginia Square on the Orange Line.

Members only night is always the Thursday night of the Book Sale and Sundays are always half price days. You can become a member on Thursday night at the sale!

Volunteers are always needed for these sales. Sign up to volunteer.

Buying Books Throughout the Year

Aurora Hills, Central Library, Cherrydale, Columbia Pike, Glen Carlyn, Shirlington, and Westover all have book stores where you can purchase used books and magazines and support FOAL!  

Payment for these books is made at the same place where you check out books.


We have a group of volunteers called the “Book Donation Team.” These tireless workers price our donated books for the biannual sales and stock the branch book stores.

Volunteers receive great perks! Sign up to volunteer.

Check out our FAQs page if you have other questions.