Support Your Library

Material Donations
The Library is pleased to accept current bestsellers and paperbacks; also books on CD, and DVDs. Library selectors add some items to the collection; most other donated items go to the Friends of the Library book sales and ultimately the funds raise help the library in a myriad of ways. The library also seeks donations of materials related to South San Francisco history, such as school yearbooks, for inclusion in the Library History Room.

Thoughtful donations to the library are appreciated; however, we do not accept:

  • textbooks, computer books and manuals more than 3 years old
  • VHS or cassette tapes
  • Reader's Digest Condensed books or magazines
  • torn, damp, mildewed, pencil marked, highlighted or otherwise damaged books
  • encyclopedias 
  • newspapers, coupons, and catalogs
  • magazines (including National Geographic) older than 3 months
All donations must be brought to the Circulation Desk - do not leave them outside or place in book drops! Due to limits on storage space and staff time, we ask you to bring no more than two - small or medium sized - boxes each library visit.

We reserve the right to refuse gifts (monetary or material) upon which restrictions are placed.

For information on donating special items, please call (650) 829-3860.

Shop at Friends of the Library Book Sales
Both the Main and Grand Avenue Branch libraries have ongoing, daily book sales. 

In addition, the Friends of the Library holds a Spring Book Sale at the Main Library. Often there are special items for sale in addition to the usual books, DVDs and CDs. There is also an annual Fall Book Sale, date to be announced.

Monies raised by Friends of the Library are used in support of library programs and services.

Please e-mail us for more information.