The Whatcom County Library Foundation

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On behalf of Whatcom County Library, The Whatcom County Library Foundation welcomes gifts from individuals, corporations, foundations, and estates for the support of their community libraries and specific library services and programs.

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Just finished that new bestseller? Consider donating it to your library!

Whatcom County Library System and Friends of the Library groups can accept books, magazines and audio/visual media donations at any branch library during library open hours. Below are general guidelines for what is accepted. For more specific information, or if you have more than a few items, please call the library at (360) 305-3600 and ask to speak with local library staff before you deliver the materials.

Guidelines for Acceptance:

All materials should be in good condition with no torn covers, broken spines, missing pages, dirt, mold or moldy smell.

  • All fiction and nonfiction less than 15 years old, for any age group
  • Magazines 1-2 years old or less
  • VHS, DVDs, and music CDs in good condition
  • Complete audiobooks on tape or disc
  • No “activity” books like crosswords unless new and unmarked
  • No Reader’s Digest Condensed Books
  • No encyclopedias or textbooks without prior approval


The library cannot assign a dollar value to gift materials for tax purposes. Library staff can provide a receipt for the number of items donated, or the number of boxes or bags of items. If a donor provides a specific list of items, the library will sign a statement acknowledging receipt.


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