Donate for a Good Cause

Your generous donations of money, books and media allow our organization to fund programs and materials at the Library. Refreshing the Best Seller Collection, visits from renowned authors, kids’ science and art camps, concerts and musical performances, adult educational seminars and the Summer Reading program are just some of the activities we’re able to sponsor for the community.

Donate Money

We gladly accept monetary gifts of any amount. Online donations are processed through PayPal using your credit card or PayPal account.

Prefer paper? Mail your check to:

Friends of the Mountain View Library
585 Franklin Street
Mountain View, CA 94041

Donate Books and Media

Downsizing your home library? Wondering what to do with all the books your kids have outgrown? Bring them to the Friends!

How to Donate Materials

  • Pack your books/media into full, closed boxes or bags no larger than the size of bankers’ boxes. We accept up to four boxes or bags per visit.
  • Stop by during any of our donation days and hours.  Appointments are no longer necessary. Please follow the guidelines for materials accepted/not accepted below.

Donation Days & Hours

Monday 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Tuesday None
Wednesday Pending volunteer support*
Thursday None
Friday 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Saturday 10-11:30 am on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month
Sunday None

*Donation appointments are currently suspended on Wednesdays due to lack of staff.

Materials We Accept

  1. Paperback and hardback fiction and non-fiction books
  2. Books and music on CD
  3. Software
  4. DVDs and Blu-ray disks
  5. Computer manuals published in the last four years
  6. Spanish language materials

Materials We Cannot Accept

  1. Damaged, dirty or damp materials
  2. Newspapers
  3. Magazines of any kind including National Geographic magazines
  4. Catalogs, cards or other miscellaneous items
  5. Cassettes or VHS tapes
  6. Encyclopedias
  7. Foreign language (other than Spanish) materials

Where to Donate Materials

Come to the back of the library building at 585 Franklin Street (Google map) in downtown Mountain View. The driveway leading up to the book drop is on Mercy Street just to the left of the driveway that leads down into the Library’s underground parking garage.

Volunteers will be there to accept your boxes and issue donation receipts, if requested.

Frequently Asked Questions About Donating

Q: Can I donate a book to go into the Library?
A: Not directly. The Library purchases and manages all books (and media) in its catalog. You can request a specific book be purchased by the Library by submitting a request directly to them. Be sure to list the precise edition you are requesting.

Q: How do donations help the Library?
A: The Friends are the sole sponsors of the Children’s Summer Reading Program and the Friends’ Bestseller Collections of popular books and DVDs. The Friends also help pay for other library books, materials, programs, and equipment.

Friends of the Mountain View Library never shares or sells your information.

The Friends are a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Our tax I.D. is 23-7255217.