One-Day Book Drive

Saturday, July 20, 2019

9:30 am – 4:00 pm


Nose Hill Library
1530 Northmount Dr. NW


Fish Creek Library
11161 Bonaventure Dr. SE


Signal Hill Library
5994 Signal Hill Centre SW


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Book donations will support the Calgary Public Library and enable the purchase of new and needed materials. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept large donations prior to and after the book drive. For more information on accepted materials, please view the FAQs below.

Donate your Library to the Library

When you’re moving, making space for new books, or just downsizing your personal library, think of the Library! The Calgary Public Library Foundation accepts donations of up to 20 books at community libraries. Funds raised are invested back into the Library.


Please note that we do not add donated material to the Library collection and we do not issue tax receipts for donations.

What materials can I donate?

Books must be free of mildew, mould and dirt. They should not exhibit excessive spine damage, have missing pages, or be missing their covers. Books cannot have water damage. They should not have part of the book’s pages removed with scissors or razor blades. For media, sets must be completed and cannot be missing the original case art.

  • Children’s Books
  • College Textbooks (published in the past 10 years)
  • Foreign Language Books (in Western Script)
  • Hardcover Fiction and Nonfiction
  • Mass Market Paperbacks
  • Trade Paperbacks
  • Antiquarian, Rare and Collectible Books
  • DVDs and Blu-ray Discs (complete disc sets with original case art)
  • Books on CD (complete disc sets with original case art)
  • Video Games (complete disc sets with original case art)
What materials are not accepted?
  • Activity Books and Workbooks (i.e. coloring books)
  • Annuals and Yearbooks
  • Audio Cassettes, VHS Tapes, LP Records and Computer Software
  • Books Published by Magazines (i.e. Reader’s Digest Condensed and Time Life Books)
  • Encyclopedia
  • Case Law and Procedural Books
  • Custom Course Packets
  • Dated Reference Material (over 5 years old)
  • Directories and Telephone books
  • Journals and Periodicals
  • Microfilm and Microfiche
  • Newspapers and Magazines
  • Non-Western Script Books
  • Tax and Government Documents or Forms
  • Free copies or Advanced Reading Copies.

Please recycle these or donate to another source.

Where can I drop off my donated materials?

You can drop off 20 books or 2 large bags at a time at any Community Library.

What happens to the materials I donate?

The Library Foundation works with BetterWorld Books, an organization that collects and sells books online to fund literacy initiatives worldwide. BetterWorld Books provides an avenue for selling donated materials and has partnered with more than 2,000 libraries in North America to list books online in marketplaces like Amazon. A portion of the proceeds from the sales are returned to the Library, enabling the purchase of new and needed materials.   If you have any questions about donating books or materials, please call the Calgary Public Library Foundation at 403-221-2002.


Please note that we do not add donated material to the Library collection and we do not issue tax receipts for donations.

Donating Valuable Books to the Calgary Public Library Foundation

Tax receipts can only be issued for the donation of books of significant value. Please make these donations through the Calgary Public Library Foundation. In order for the Calgary Public Library Foundation to issue a tax receipt, please remember that:

  • The Canada Customs and Revenue Agency (Revenue Canada) requires that the item be appraised, in writing, by an independent, recognized expert.
  • The donor is responsible for arranging the appraisal of the item, and for any fees involved in that appraisal.

To arrange for your donation of a valuable book or item, please call us at 403-221-2002.

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You are already spending money on your electricity and natural gas, why not use some of that money to support the Calgary Public Library Foundation? You have the opportunity to do just that – by switching from your current energy company to Sandstone Energy. Whether you are a residential or small business customer, Sandstone Energy will provide 100% of all net revenues on your electricity and natural gas usage to the Calgary Public Library Foundation each month. It does not cost you any extra and the library will receive recurring support.

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Donate your extra Aeroplan Miles to the Library through the Aeroplan member donation program. The Calgary Public Library Foundation raises funds to enhance special programs and services as part of its vision to create the best public library in the world. Also for every 1,000 miles you donate Aeroplan will top up the donation by an additional 10%.


Your generously donated miles will be used by the Library Foundation for raffles and fundraising. For more information, visit

Support the Library with your used vehicles through Donate A Car Canada. Your car, truck, RV, boat, motorcycle or other vehicle will be recycled or sold at auction, and proceeds will be donated to the Calgary Public Library Foundation. For more information, visit

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