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Check back in spring of 2024 to find out the date of the next book sale.

Other non-profits in the Portland area who may accept these donations include Goodwill of Northern New England or the Salvation Army. You may also consider taking a small number of used books to your neighborhood Little Free Library. Visit the Little Free Library World Map and enter “Portland, ME” to see a map).

Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition is also accepting book donations. Please email to schedule a materials donation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does PPL ever add donated books to the collection?

We do not. All donated materials are sold at PPL’s September book sale to support general library operations. We do not circulate donated material because of the resources required to sort and enter any donated books into the system.

What kind of material donations do you currently accept?

We are not accepting donations of any materials at this time.

We never accept the following:

  • Audiobooks
  • Books with any mold, mildew, markings, or noticeable wear
  • CDs, Blu-Rays, or video cassettes
  • Children’s board books
  • Encyclopedias, dictionaries, or other reference books
  • Magazines
  • Maps or travel books
  • Puzzles, games, or other ephemera
  • Textbooks
  • Videogames

Will PPL offer a book-store again?

The Downtown Library currently offers a “FREE BOOKS” stand just inside the Congress St. doors.

I have an old book, map, or piece of ephemera. Would the Library be interested?

If you have items of historical significance that might be suitable for our archival collection, please call our Advancement Office at 207-871-1700, ext. 759. We can discuss the nature of your items with you to determine whether they would be appropriate for our special collection holdings.