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Donations of Books and Other Materials

Books and other materials can be donated at either the Laurel or Ellisville branch of the Laurel-Jones County Library System. Most donations will be added to the Friends book sale. Some may be added to the collection or given away as prizes for events such as the Summer Reading program. We cannot guarantee that any item will be added to the collection. We can only accept outright gifts. A receipt for tax purposes will be given when requested for any donation. However, the Library cannot affix a value to the materials.


What we ACCEPT:

  • Like new/gently used hardback and paperback books, fiction and non-fiction, for children, young adults, and adults
  • Commercially recorded CDs (audiobooks), DVDs, BluRay, and video games
  • Complete and working items for the Library of Things (cake pans, board games, etc.)
  • Current magazines (less than two years old)


  • Old and/or damaged books (including but not limited to books with broken spines, missing covers, stains, mildew, writing/markings, bug infestations, etc.)
  • Encyclopedia Sets
  • Textbooks
  • Law Codes or Statutes
  • Surplus material from other institutions
  • Magazines older than two years
  • Former library items

Where and When to Donate

Donations are accepted Monday – Friday.  Up to 2 bags or boxes will be accepted without an appointment.  If you have more than that, please call the office at 601-428-4313 in Laurel or 601-477-9271 in Ellisville to schedule an appointment for drop-off.  All donations must be made inside the library. Please be advised that we are not able to pick up donations.

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