Book Donations


Donations are welcome throughout the year. We are happy to accept most hard cover and paperback books, as well as music LPs, CDs, and DVDs. We do not accept VHS tapes, cassette tapes, textbooks, magazines, encyclopedias, smoke or water damaged materials, or books with heavy underlining or highlighting.

For ease of storage, please place your materials in modest sized boxes that close (no bags or open boxes). Clearly mark the outside of the boxes “FRIENDS.”

If you wish to receive an acknowledgement, include your name and address in each box, labeling the boxes “1 of 3”, “2 of 3”, “3 of 3” etc. so that we recognize your entire gift.

Ten boxes or less may be dropped off (in dry weather) without an appointment on the raised loading dock on the Lake Street side of Memorial Library, weekdays between 7AM and 3PM. For larger donations, please use this form to help us schedule your appointment. We will contact you within 48 hours to work out a day/time that works best for everyone. We appreciate your support of the Friends of UW-Madison Libraries!

Stacks of books

If you are on campus and you have materials to donate, you may drop them off at a campus library (clearly mark “For the Friends”), or if you are in a building without a library you may arrange for a pickup by the UW Truck Service (608-262-1574). This service is free for a small number of boxes; for a large number of boxes, please contact Libby Theune at Memorial Library to arrange for a special pickup.

All gifts of materials support the mission of libraries and are greatly appreciated. Books, music, and other items donated to the Friends are most often used in the book sales, the proceeds from which support the operations of the Friends of the UW-Madison Libraries. Item donations are also reviewed by library bibliographers with an eye toward filling needs in the collections.

For more information on the sales including how to donate books, arrange a pick up, or volunteer for the book sale, please call the Friends office at 608-265-2505 or Contact the Friends.

Friends of the UW-Madison Libraries
330H Memorial Library
728 State St.
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 265-2505
Contact the Friends