Book Donations: Donate Books to the Book Sale

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.

Email for details


Members only sale will be held Thursday, April 25, 5-7:30 pm
Friday, April 26, 9:00 am to 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 27, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

We’ll have plenty of fiction, children’s books, biography, history, cookbooks, sciences, social sciences, and DVDs! $2 for adult books, $1 for kids books.  All proceeds help support library programs and services! Saturday, 1-2pm, educators can receive free books!


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 (As of July 18, 2022, it’s back!)
    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
    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 Audio cassettes
  • No Blank or Personalized CDs
  • 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.