Get Involved and Donate!
The Coeur d’Alene Public Library has two organized support groups who gratefully accept donations for various projects and programs.
- The Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library run the Second Story Books bookstore and use the funds for program support and much more. Click here for more information about Friends’ volunteer opportunities and memberships.
- The Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation, Inc. exists to enrich the lives of individuals in our community by contributing financial and organizational support for library facilities, programs and services which are accessible and free to people of all ages and backgrounds. The Library Foundation is the private fund-raising arm of the library which provides supplemental resources beyond those available through the public sector (City of Coeur d’Alene) to enhance excellence and responsiveness to community need. Click here for more information about the Foundation, including links to Mudgy & Millie and special events.
The Coeur d’Alene Public Library welcomes donations of new or like new books, audiobooks on CD, DVDs, magazines and puzzles. Due to limited space, the library only accepts up to 25 items at a time. Donations beyond 25 items may be accepted on a case-by-case basis by appointment. Items not added to the library collection become the property of the Friends of the Library and are either sold through the Second Story Books bookstore or handled as that organization sees fit.
The library is happy to provide a receipt acknowledging your donation. Please provide a count of the various formats (hardbacks, paperbacks, audiobooks on CD, DVDs, magazines, puzzles, etc.). The dollar value of the donation is left blank.
The library and Friends of the Library are only able to accept donations onsite at the library and do not offer a pickup service.
If you have any further questions, click here to contact the library.
Donations that cannot be accepted include:
- Damaged, moldy, or soiled items
- Books with a strong tobacco or other odor
- Textbooks of any kind.
- Out-of-date materials or equipment (encyclopedias, software, manuals, medical, health, diet, exercise, etc.)
- Puzzles missing pieces
- VHS tapes, vinyl records, music CDs and cassettes, audiobooks on tape
Alternative organizations that may accept donations that do not meet our criteria:
- Used bookstores
- Thrift stores
- Recycling centers
- Retirement homes
- Correction centers
- Operation Paperback
An appraiser should be consulted on items that may have monetary or historic value as the library does not hold this level of expertise.