Make a Donation

Donated items are reviewed, and a small percentage of donations are added to the Library’s circulating collection. The majority of donated materials are sold in book sales, sponsored by The Friends of the Librarywhich raise funds to enhance Library services. Donating used books and media is a wonderful way to support the Library.

Duncan Branch Library Book Sale

Accepted:                               Not Accepted:
Books Encyclopedias
Audiobooks Textbooks
CDs Magazines
DVDS VHS tapes


Donated materials can be dropped off to any of the four Library buildings during regular hours, though it is extremely helpful for patrons to call a certain Library branch ahead of time with information on the materials, the amount of the materials, and the estimated time of the drop off. It also may be possible that a particular Library branch is currently not taking donations. Materials damaged by bugs, mold or smoke, or materials left outside the building will be recycled or thrown away.


Patrons wishing to donate 10 or more boxes must first call the library branch to make special arrangements. Due to desk scheduling, library staff cannot help with unloading vehicles or carrying boxes to library sorting areas. Receipts are available for those who would like a record of their donation. Library policy states that staff cannot appraise donated books or other materials. Please contact any Library branch circulation desk for more information.


Does the Library accept monetary donations?

The Library accepts monetary donations. Private donations are often made to The Alexandria Library Foundation, which was formed to enhance the Alexandria Library's services. More information, including naming opportunities, can be found on the Foundation homepage.

Another option for those who wish to donate to the Library is to join a branch's Friends group. To learn more about these groups, please visit the Friends of Alexandria Library page.

The Library will accept other forms of monetary donations, such as stock. Please call 703-746-1701 for more information or to discuss other options for giving to the Library.