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Donate and Support Your Library

How to Support Your Library

There are a number of ways in which may supplement and support the mission of the Santa Barbara Public Library System. Your donations of time, materials, or financial contributions can enhance library services for everyone, and may be a way for you to honor or remember someone you care about, to make a tax-deductible donation, to give you an opportunity to work alongside staff in serving the community, or to join a Friends of the Library group or the Santa Barbara Public Library Foundation for fundraising or library advocacy opportunities. 

Financial donations can be made online on the secure Black Gold consortium portal here, or by check, addressed to: Santa Barbara Public Library c/o Library Administration, P.O. Box 1019, Santa Barbara, CA 93102. 

Materials donations are accepted according to this criteria: 

  • Popular demand including Best Seller hardcover & paperback books in "like new" condition
  • Books on CD released in the last 5 years
  • Music CDs released in the last 5 years
  • DVDs & Blu-ray Discs

The following materials are not accepted:

  • Encyclopedias
  • Magazines
  • LPs, VHS, or audio cassette tapes
  • Textbooks
  • Software
  • Items that are damaged, incomplete or in poor condition.

Donations may be accepted at all locations. For larger donations of more than 2 grocery bags full (or equivalent) or more please contact your local branch in advance as they may not be able to accept them at the time. 

All donations are reviewed by Library staff and volunteers. Items not added to the Library's collection may be sold. Proceeds from the sale of donations benefit the Library.

For more information, see the Library's Author DonationCollection Development, and Donation of Money and Materials policies. To submit a book for consideration for the Local Authors Collection, please complete the submission form.

Please consider how you can help your public library become the best possible local resource for reading and information. For further information on how you can help, please call Library Administration at:

Last Updated: Apr 24, 2020
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