The New Brunswick Public Libraries Foundation welcomes donations of books and other library materials at all 63 public libraries in New Brunswick. Your donations help to enhance our collections and provide more information and resources to our communities.

The Province of New Brunswick matches the value of your donated items that are added to the collection, which means that your gift can go even further towards enhancing your public library service. Learn more about how you can Double your gift!

What materials do we accept?

Please check over each item before donating to ensure it meets our general acceptance criteria.

We generally accept:

  • Books printed in the past 5 years that are in excellent condition
  • Computer books and travel books less than 1 year old
  • DVDs, Blu-rays, music CDs and audiobooks

We generally do not accept:

  • Books in poor condition (stained, moldy or warped pages, strong odor, missing pages, underlined text, etc.)
  • Encyclopaedias, textbooks, Reader’s Digest condensed books
  • VHS and cassette tapes
  • Pirated materials

Exceptions are made for materials that are classics, of special local interest, of enduring popularity or in high demand, or which help to complete a series.

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept donations of eBooks. However, we are happy to accept cash donations for the purchase of new eBooks. Simply select ‘eBooks’ when making your donation.

Where can I drop off my donation?

You can drop off your donations at any public library in New Brunswick during regular open hours. If your donation is larger than 2 boxes, please call ahead to make sure that the library has enough storage space to be able to accept your donation at that time.

Unfortunately, we are unable to pick up book donations, or to make visits to evaluate potential donations.

If you or your organization would like to donate multiple copies of a book to be made available in multiple libraries in the province, please contact us at nbplf@gnb.ca or by toll-free phone at 1-866-453-3442 to make arrangements.

What happens to the materials I donate?

All donated materials become the property of the New Brunswick Public Libraries Foundation and cannot be returned.

Materials may be added to the collection, sold (and the proceeds used to purchase new items for the library), given to another organization, or recycled.

Will I receive a tax receipt for my donation?

Tax receipts will be issued by the New Brunswick Public Libraries Foundation upon request only for items that are added to the collection. To request a receipt, donors must fill out a Tax Receipt Request Form when dropping off their donation.

Items are evaluated at fair market value. Donors may provide a retail receipt for donated items that were purchased in the last 6 months and this information will be taken into consideration when determining the fair market value of the items if they are added to the collection and an official donation receipt is issued.

Due to the large number of donations we receive, it may take 3-5 months for you to receive your receipt in the mail.

If we believe that a donated item could have a value of more than $1,000, a professional appraisal by a third party must be arranged and paid for by the donor. Please contact us at nbplf@gnb.ca or by toll-free phone at 1-866-453-3442 to discuss the appraisal process.