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COVID-19 Notice

Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic some locations may have temporarily changed their donation policies. Check with vendors before bringing your materials for donation.

Global Resources

Absolute Backorder

Periodical backfile vendor. Send an email to inquire about their interest in journal and magazine titles.

African Studies Association 

Directory of Book Donation Programs.

Better World Books 

Accepts many donations, sells some books, shares others with literacy programs around the world.

Global Medical Libraries 

"A global project focused on improving the standard of healthcare in developing countries by providing donated medical educational resources, which contribute to advancing the quality of formal and continuing education."

Periodicals Service Company

Periodical backfile vendor. Send an email to inquire about their interest in journal and magazine titles.

United States Book Exchange

Book and periodical backfile vendor. Send an email to inquire about their interest in journal and magazine titles.

University at Buffalo 

SUNY, Health Sciences Library, International Donations Program.

Zubal Books

Will buy entire literary estates, private libraries and household accumulations.

List of additional donation options.

Local Resources

Grassroots Books

Will buy used materials in a wide variety of formats--books, DVD, etc. Call 775-360-4404 or e-mail

Goodwill Industries

Various Reno locations will accept book donations.

Truckee Meadows Community College

Location: 7000 Dandini Boulevard, Reno - 775-674-7600
See any library staff at the Elizabeth Strum Library.

Washoe County Library System

Donations/gifts can be given to any Washoe County Library branch location or via the Friends of Washoe County Library.
Questions – 775-772-6297, email

Washoe County School District

Teacher's Warehouse Primary interest in children's books and popular magazines (National Geographic). Contact: Gary McDowell – 775-353-5533


The University of Nevada, Reno Libraries do not accept gifts of books, journals, magazines, audio/video tapes/CDs/DVDs or other published materials. Please consult our Gifts-in-Kind policy for details. The resources listed here are alternative ways to donate or sell your materials. 

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