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Book/Collections Donations

Our monthly Book Donation Day has been replaced with a Book/Collections Donation table now located outside the library Meeting Room for your convenience. Please place your books, audio or music CDs or DVDs in or near the bins provided on the donation table. Items must be boxed or bagged in non returnable containers. Any loose or damaged items will be discarded. Please ensure you have adequate assistance when dropping off items as library staff will not be able to unload items while you wait. This process will be in place until further notice. 

If you need a receipt, please go to the main door during open hours.

PLEASE no more than five boxes/bags per donor per week.

We love that you want to donate to us, but ask that you help us by following the guidelines at right. These criteria help our volunteers process your wonderful donations in the most efficient and safest way possible.

Here's what our volunteers do with your donations:

  • Set aside new books to be considered for our collection

  • Refer potentially high value items to our online sales team

  • Organize, box and store all the high quality materials for our next book sale

  • Recycle/throw away items that are too old, damaged or otherwise not salable

  • Box the remainders for shipping to an online book seller

Annually your book donations bring us about 1,800 new items for the collection valued at $36,000; almost $2,000 in online sales; and about $2,000 from in-library book sales. Thank you!

What to Do with Items We Will Not Accept



  • Moldy, water or rodent damaged materials; these are a health hazard for our volunteers

  • Personally recorded items

  • Incomplete DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks

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(e.g., charities, county/city/private recycling)

  • Activity books, workbooks

  • Annuals, yearbooks

  • Audio cassettes, VHS tapes, LP records

  • Books in poor condition

  • Books published by magazines (e.g., Reader’s Digest, Time-Life Books)

  • Computer software and manuals

  • Directories, telephone books

  • Encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri

  • Free, examination or advanced reading copies

  • Journals, newspapers, magazines

  • Law books and related

  • Non-western script books

  • Reference material over 5 years old

  • Tax and government documents or forms

  • Textbooks, course packets


Julia and some of the team on book donation day, sorting and boxing materials

When We Accept Donations

  • We accept donations 24/7 using the table available outside the library  Meeting Room. 

  • Please, no more than five bags/boxes per week

  • Please use non returnable containers.

What to Donate

  • Hardcover and softcover books—clean and in good condition

  • DVDs

  • Audio books

  • Music CDs

Some Items We Cannot Accept

  • For health reasons, we cannot accept moldy, water damaged, or rodent damage items

  • Textbooks, magazines, encyclopedias, computer manuals, outdated instruction books, dictionaries or thesauri. 

  • Audio cassettes, VHS tapes or LP records

  • Sample, copied or incomplete CD/DVD sets

  • Please do not leave items any outside anywhere but on the table outside the Meeting Room. Boxes left on the ground, benches or picnic table are subject to weather and rodents and will have to be thrown away

Vista Grande Public Library
  Our Location
14 Avenida Torreon
  Santa Fe, NM 87508

Mailing Address
7 Avenida Vista Grande, B7-192
Santa Fe, NM 87508

Between El Dorado Community School and the Adam Senior Center
Our Current Hours

Sunday-Monday Closed

Tuesday-Friday 10 am-6 pm

Saturday 10 am-4 pm

Contact Us

(505) 466-7323

Fostering lifelong learning in a supportive community environment

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