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Have Books to Donate?


Donating your books and media to Friends of the Johnson City Public Library is a great way to support the library. The Friends resell books and media to the public in our spring and fall book sales as well as in our ongoing book sale located on the first floor of the library. Proceeds from all book sales benefit the library.

What We Accept

  • Books – hardback, paperback, fiction, non-fiction, adult, children
  • Audio CDs, LPs, and books on CD and tape
  • DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and VHS tapes
  • Complete sets of general encyclopedias (World Book, Britannica, etc.)
  • Textbooks – less than five years old

We Do Not Accept

  • Books that are damp or moldy
  • Legal statutes and casebooks
  • Outdated textbooks – more than five years old
  • Reader’s Digest Condensed books
  • Magazines
  • Loose CDs, DVDs, etc. without their cases
  • Home-recorded (aka burned) CDs, DVDs, etc.

Where can I drop off my donated books?

A small bag of books can be brought to the library circulation desk. If you have a larger amount of books in a box or bag or several boxes or bags, you can call the library circulation desk at 423-434-4455 and arrange a time to drop them off. Drop off is at the side of the library by the door with the “Food Service” sign.

What’s the best time to drop of my donated books?

Monday through Friday before 5 pm. The Circulation desk has more staff available during these hours which enables them to both help patrons and assist you with your book donation.

Can I get a tax receipt for my donation?

Yes, you can. You can help the library staff by counting your items ahead of time as you pack them up at home. When you drop off your items at the library, you will be able to tell the staff how many hardbacks, paperbacks, and DVD/CD/VHS items you have for your tax receipt.