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Donating Materials

The Prince William Public Library System accepts donations of current books, audiobooks, music CDs and DVDs that are in good condition.  Some items may be added to the collection.  Any donations that are not added to the Library System's collection are given to the Friends of the Library and sold through annual and ongoing book sales. 

You may take your donations to any full-service library during operating hours (10-9 Monday thru Thursday, 10-5 Saturday, Sundays 12-5 September – May only). Staff will accept your donations and provide you with a donation receipt.donateotherways.png

Listed below are the guidelines for what the Library System will add to its collection.  Although the Library System no longer accepts items such as audiocassettes or videocassettes, these items can be donated and will be redirected to the Friends of the Library for their sales. 

The Library System adds to its collection:

  • Items in good condition
  • Current titles of interest as well as some classic fiction
  • Non-fiction titles less than 3 years old
  • Titles that specialize in Virginia history

The Library System does not add to its collection:

  • Encyclopedia sets
  • Magazines
  • Textbooks
  • Condensed books, such as Reader's Digest Condensed Books
  • Abridged audiobooks
  • Books that are stained or mildewed, or have damaged or torn pages
  • Books that have handwriting or highlighting on their pages
  • Scratched or worn music CDs or DVDs
  • Videos in VHS format
  • Music CDs with explicit lyrics
  • DVDs that are R rated
  • Video games
  • Computer software

What will the Friends of the Library accept for its book sales?

Generally, the Friends of the Library accept donations of clean, undamaged books, magazines, audiobooks, videocassettes, DVDs, records and cassettes, and computer software.  The Friends will also accept textbooks not older than 5 years, complete encyclopedia sets not older than 10 years, reference books not older than 10 years unless they are collectibles, and computer books not older than 5 years.  Please check with the Friends of the Library for additional information.  

What other organizations accept donations of used books and other media?            

The following organizations also accept donations of used materials (as of June 2008). Agencies request that individuals call to check that they are still accepting donations prior to stopping by with materials.

NVCC, Manassas Campus


6901 Sudley Rd. Manassas

Call first.  Accepts books and magazines.

Salvation Army Thrift Store


11201 Balls Ford Rd. Manassas

Accepts most items.

Youth for Tomorrow


10105 Linton Hall Rd. Bristow

Call first.

Prince William County Juvenile Detention Home


14873 Dumfries Rd Manassas

Call first.  Accepts books and magazines.

ACTS Thrift Store


102 Canal Rd Dumfries

Accepts most items.

The Arc of Greater Prince William/INSIGHT, Inc.


13505 Hillendale Dr. Woodbridge

Accepts magazines, especially with pictures for use in day care.

Homeless Prevention Center


14945 Jeff Davis Hwy Woodbridge

Accepts most items.

Muriel Humphrey Respite Day Care Center


13505 Hillendale Dr. Woodbridge

Accepts magazines especially with pictures for use in day care.

Potomac Place


2133 Montgomery Ave. Woodbridge

Accepts books, magazines, and VHS

River Run Apartments


13910 Hedgewood Dr. Woodbridge

Accepts books, magazines, and VHS

Senior Day Program


Ferlazzo Building 15941 Donald Curtis Dr. Woodbridge

Accepts books, National Geographic magazines, and VHS

Woodbridge Nursing Home


14906 Jeff Davis


Accepts books, magazines, and VHS

If you have any questions about donating materials to the Library System, please contact our Library Webmaster.  We will be glad to answer any questions you might have.  Thank you for your interest in the Library System's collection!


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