Properly serving our community relies on the support of our community. Fortunately, the Friends of the Ottawa Library receives both material and monetary donations from members, the general public, the Ottawa Library, local businesses and more. These donations help provide library events and community opportunities.

Tax deductible

Rejoice. The Friends of the Ottawa Library’s 501(c)(3) status means that all donations to the Friends of the Ottawa Library are tax deductible. If you need a letter acknowledging your donation, please request it at the time of the donation and one will be sent to you. We cannot place a value on your items.

How to donate

Donations can be taken to the Friends of the Ottawa Library book store during operating hours. Outside the hours of the FOL book sales, items can be dropped off at the Ottawa Library Reference Desk.

What can be donated

The condition of the materials being donated is a large determining factor in what can be donated. We are committed to the safety and health of our customers, volunteers, and staff. For this reason, we are unable to accept items that have been damaged (including but not limited to materials that are wet, moldy, buggy, chewed, burnt, or have a strong odor). Please recycle damaged items.

We are happy to accept any of the following items in good condition: Books, DVDs, Blu-Rays, Music CDs Records, Puzzles, Board Games, and Video Games.

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept the following items: Items that are unhealthy to handle, newspapers, damaged items, encyclopedias, yearbooks, VHS tapes, cassette tapes, homemade media (DVDs, CDs, videos, or tapes), Reader's Digest books, and magazines.


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