Book Donations

Did you know you could donate your gently used* books and select other materials to Indy Library Store? You can declutter and help ensure that learning continues for many in our community.

When we sell your donated books at our book sales, the proceeds help The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation support more Library programs that promote learning and community building.

Book Donations

Help us fill shelves and minds, we need your books!

What kind? You name it, we'll take it. Books your kids have outgrown. Cookbooks, How-tos, Biographies. Fiction, or nonfiction. (Adult nonfiction and children’s books are in especially high demand and are great sellers.)

*What is “gently used?” Free of mold, dust, dirt, and your children’s early attempts to emulate Picasso. For CDs, DVDs, and vinyl LPs—if you can’t play them, neither can a potential buyer (no VHS please).

How to donate

Drop off at your convenience!

Smaller donation of two boxes or less? Take them to the Library branch nearest you!

Larger donation? Deliver directly to Indy Library Store at the Library Services Center, 2450 N. Meridian St. For Saturday delivery, please call first: 317-275-4044.

Schedule a pickup!

Call The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation: 317-275-4700.

  • Available first and third Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Must be packed in sturdy boxes, marked “Library Donation,” and ready by 10 a.m. on your pre-scheduled day.

See more details here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Indy Library Store?

Indy Library Store is The Indianapolis Public Library’s physical and online used book sale.

Why does Indy Library Store need my books/CDs/DVDs?

Because we love them (and so do our book sale patrons)! Donated books are nearly 40 percent of the store’s inventory and compliment the discarded items from the Library’s own collection.

How do my books help?

Proceeds from Indy Library Store book sales support the Library Foundation. Annually, the foundation provides nearly $3 million to support many of the programs and services of the Library.

Can we do more than donate books?

Of course! Indy Library Store has many volunteer opportunities throughout the week and even on Saturdays! Plus, many corporations are also financial sponsors of Library programs or conduct book drives for the Library. Please contact the Library Foundation for more information (317-275-4700 or foundation@indyplfoundation.org).

When is the Indy Library Store open to the public?

The store holds five book sales each year (see schedule). For each sale, our Friends of the Library receive first access to purchase books and other materials. Become a Friend.

What if I can’t make it to the book sales?

Indy Library Store also sells online. Visit the store at Amazon, AbeBooks, and eBay anytime!

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