Why donate?

Since its inception in 2002, the Friends have provided over $50,000 in supplemental funding to the DeKalb Public Library in support of its wide-ranging efforts to promote literacy in our community.

A significant portion of these funds have been generated by the periodic book sales conducted by the Friends, so the generous donations of materials by community members play a very important role in our work to help the library.


What you can donate.

The Friends will be happy to accept your used books, CDs, and DVDs, and to recycle them to new owners!

Here are the items that we can use, provided that they are in good, clean, and saleable condition:

  • Books (Please, no encyclopedias or textbooks!)
  • CDs
  • DVDs

Sorry, but we cannot use encyclopedias, text books, record albums, or magazines.


How to donate.

You can drop off your donations at the Circulation Desk of the DeKalb Public Library, located at 309 Oak Street, whenever the library is open.

If you have many boxes of books to donate, please call ahead so that a member of the staff can meet you at the loading dock. The number to call is: 815-756-9568, ext. 6107. The loading dock is located on the north side of the building and is labeled door #2.


Receipts for tax purposes

Since your donations are tax deductible, when you drop off your donations you can ask for a letter of receipt for tax purposes. In part, the letter states:

“All donated materials become the sole property of the library and are subject to review by the Librarians and the Board of Trustees for acceptance into the collection. The DeKalb Public Library does not provide estimates on book values. Please ask your accountant or the IRS how to determine the ‘fair market value’ of any donated materials.”

Thanks so much for your interest. The library thrives on your generosity!