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5/21/24 - 7/14/2024: Eastside Library will be closed due to construction work.

Central Library's Book Drops will reopen on June 10th. Please come inside or visit a branch to return items.


Materials Donation


Santa Barbara Public Library appreciates material donations. The vast majority of donated books are not able to be added to the Library's collection, due to limited space and the availability of staff to catalog and process materials for lending. Central Library maintains a small book sale area that benefits the Friends of the Library. Popular materials in like-new condition may be added to the book sale.

The following materials are not accepted:

  • Encyclopedias
  • Magazines
  • LPs, VHS, or audio cassette tapes
  • All Textbooks (K-12 & College)
  • Software
  • Items that are damaged or in poor condition
  • Items that are not in demand

For more information, see the Library Policies page

Please limit donations to two grocery-sized bags of materials at a time. Donations may be dropped off at our Central and Eastside locations, and should be handed to a staff member inside the building. Receipts are available upon request. Contact the Montecito Library at 805-969-5063 for more information about donating materials at their location.

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: 805-564-5608.

Local Author Donations

Complete the form to submit a book for consideration for the Local Authors Collection


Library of Things Donations

Interested in donating to our Library of Things Collection?  Fill out this form with your item details, and we will check if it fits our needs. 

Library of Things Donation Form