Feeling Generous? What to Do with Those Used Books (and Where to Find More)

Feeling Generous? What to Do with Those Used Books (and Where to Find More)

Updated 11/15/21: we are now accepting donations at the main library location in Jefferson City!

If you’ve been by the main branch of the library lately, you have passed by this sign: we are not currently accepting donations.

Not having our big March sale last year --- combined with many of you using the pandemic to do some spring cleaning -- has resulted in our physically having no more storage room for donations.* And we do not wish to dispose of anyone’s donations because of those limitations.

So where can you donate your books? We checked other locations.

Currently, neither the Salvation Army nor Daniel Boone Regional Library are accepting donations.

Who does? For one, our Osage County branch in Linn, Mo. will be glad to take your donations of not only books, but also DVDs, CDs, games, and puzzles (897-2951).

Close to the main branch is First United Methodist Church next to us at 201 Monroe St (635-6886). Enter through the entrance on Capitol Avenue.

Another location is the Goodwill Retail Store on S. Ten Mile Drive (635-6714). Books taken there will be sold in stores and online through Amazon.

And finally, there is Divinity Religious Gift Shop located at 320 Jefferson Street (636-5470). They accept religious books and some secular books. (Call ahead if you have questions.)

* Perhaps you noticed the asterisk above. That’s because our main branch will still accept mass market paperback books. Perhaps you may be thinking, “Hey, I can bring my 100 hardback books because there are a few paperbacks sprinkled in.” No. JUST paperback books.

But now those empty shelves may start looking lonely to you. The library can help you with that, too.

Main Branch (Jefferson City)

We have two pop-up sales in our Art Gallery during the next quarter:

  • November 12-15: Children’s and Adult non-fiction
  • January 20-24: Adult fiction  

Hardbacks will be sold for $2 and paperbacks for $1. The last day of each features a box sale – $5 for a small box, $8 for a large box.

The branch always has a wire rack of paperback books for sale for only a quarter each, near the self-checkout station.

Will there be a March sale? Yes! March 9th-12th at the Knights of Columbus Hall in St. Martin's. More details will be available as we get closer to the event.

Osage Branch (Linn)

There is a marvelous room in the back of the Osage Branch: the Friends of the Osage County Library (FOCL) room full of books, electronic media, puzzles, and games.

On the first Saturday of each month (9:00-12:30), FOCL members can fill a FOCL-supplied bag for $10. And on the third Saturday (9:00-12:30), the public can shop the FOCL Room with special monthly promotions. (Look here for how to join FOCL.)

The Osage branch will also be sponsoring a Thankful for Teachers Sale from Nov. 22-Dec. 22. All teachers can fill up a bag with any materials for $5. A teacher ID is required.


Meanwhile, both branches have (FREE!) books, magazines, electronic media and games, as well as thousands of downloadable books, magazines, audiobooks, and movies through the Hoopla and Libby apps, and eBooks collection.