Donate Books

Make a Difference

Make a difference in the Council Bluffs community by donating resources or materials to the library. It is our mission to serve the information and resource needs of a diverse and growing community, and to achieve that mission we rely on generous support of people like you.

Materials can be donated to the Friends of the Council Bluffs Public Library.  Donated materials are not guaranteed to end up in the Library’s collection and may be sold in the Friends Bookstore or the annual book sale.  Generated funds will be used to support the programs and services of the Library.

The Library accepts donations on behalf of the Friend’s of the Public Library.  Book donations will only be accepted at the front desk during business hours of the library.  No dumping is allowed.

Book donations will be limited to 1 plastic grocery sack of items.

The following items will not be accepted for donations:

  • Tapes of any type (VHS, cassette, etc.)
  • Activity books (coloring, sticker, word games, etc.)
  • Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Textbooks
  • Reader’s Digest condensed books
  • Magazines or bound magazines
  • Any dirty or moldy items

For any larger amounts of donations, arrangements must be made with the Friends by emailing

Gifts & Memorial Policy

Gifts and memorials in all formats for the library collection are accepted in accordance with the Library Collection Management Policy. The library reserves the right of acceptance, rejection, and disposition of all gifts and donations and does not place any valuation on any such donations…

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