Donating Used Books & More

The Spruce Grove Public Library is grateful to the community for the various donations that we receive. As a registered charity, SGPL can issue you a charitable tax receipt for a portion of the total value of the materials we add to our collection! What is not accepted into our collection is sold in the Friends of the Spruce Grove Library quarterly book sales or distributed throughout our community in our Tiny Libraris program. The proceeds go towards funding the purchase of new materials, sponsoring programs, and more.
 
However, SGPL must follow established guidelines as set out in our Library Policy for the development of our collection. Please read below to learn about the criteria we follow for donation vetting. If your items match the library's criteria for acceptable donations, please fill out the Gift and Materials Release Form and bring it to the library with your donation.

What we can make use of:

  • Current or popular authors, fiction or nonfiction in excellent condition
  • Children’s titles in excellent condition
  • Movies on DVD and Blu-ray with original packaging and in excellent condition
  • Newer Music CDs and Books on CD with original packaging and in excellent condition
  • Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo format games with original packaging and in excellent condition

What we cannot make use of:

  • Textbooks or encyclopedia sets
  • Back issues of magazines or journals
  • VHS, cassettes, records, computer software, and other obsolete/outdated audiovisual formats
  • Items discarded by other libraries
  • Materials in poor condition: yellowed pages, water damaged, moldy, torn, written in, highlighted, or possessed of other physical damage

Other places to donate materials in good condition:
 

  Accepts books (Fiction & Non-fiction, hard and soft cover, and magazines. No encyclopedias or textbooks)
  Why throw it out when it can be reused? Donate or purchase hundreds of reusable household items.Items need to be clean and dry. No pick up service.
  See website for hours and list of acceptable items.
Goodwill Industries of Alberta
Accepts books. Items should be in good condition for resale. Drop off only. Check website for location hours.
Phone: 780-944-1414

The Mustard Seed
Accepts books. Will be given to people in need in the inner city. Drop off Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm.
Phone: 780-426-5600
Address: 10568-114 Street. Edmonton
Email: infoedmonton@theseed.ca

  Spruce Grove Agricultural Society & Archives*
  *For material of local historical value only
  Phone: 780-960-4600
  Address: 120 Railway Avenue, Spruce Grove

What about my encyclopedias and textbooks?
Most libraries will not accept encyclopedias and textbooks for a variety of reasons, including: the information within is outdated, or the topic is too specialized for broad public interest. There are other options to ensuring that these texts are reused instead of going to a landfill. 

EMCO Building Products
Accepts books: Hard & soft cover. No glossy/plastic lined hardcover books.
Will buy various types of paper in bulk amounts. Must have at least 250 lbs. Call first. Drop-off only.
Phone: 780-466-1135 ext. 333
Address: 3703-101 Avenue, Edmonton