Book Donations: Donate Books to the Book Sale

Regular donations and book drop-offs are suspended until further notice.

Special donation drop-off days for November to be announced soon!

The Friends of the Library Book Sale is a significant source of funding for library programming, museum passes and many extras for Chelmsford patrons. The community’s support through donations and volunteer hours is greatly appreciated.

September Drop-Off days, by appointment only by contacting the Friends at

Wednesday, Sept. 15 from 4:00-5:30

Saturday, Sept 18 from 10:00-11:30

The Friends will accept fiction and children’s books and DVDs.  For the September drop offs they will also accept up to one box of non-fiction per car.

Donate Your Books and Other Items!

There are three ways to donate:

  1. Bring your items to a scheduled drop-off day (see the list of events for dates)
    Volunteers will be available to help unload and provide receipts. This option is preferred if you have a lot of books.
  2. Use the 24/7 drop-box at the side of the library (unavailable due to COVID)
    This box is located at the end of the side portion of the library’s main parking lot, near the loading area – look for the “Book Sale Drop-Off” banner. This box is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. However, since this box is not weatherproof, please try to avoid dropping off items during inclement weather
  3. Request a pick-up (unavailable due to COVID)
    If you are emptying a house or an estate and would like to donate a large collection of books, please contact the Friends directly to make special arrangements

Drop-Off Guidelines

The Friends seek books of all kinds in good condition including recent best sellers, fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, paperbacks – as well as audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, maps, and local interest items.


  • No VCR/VHS tapes
  • No National Geographics
  • No Encyclopedias
  • No Textbooks older than 4 years old
  • No Reader’s Digest Condensed Books
  • No Magazines

The Friends cannot accept the above items. Note: They can be recycled curbside if you first remove the covers.