Donations

What we Take and
Do Not Take
Tax
Deduction Information
Donation
Drop-off Guidelines

We are currently accepting donations one box or bag at a time. please read the donation guidelines carefully.

Thank you very much for your donations, which fund Bryn Mawr College scholarships.

WHAT WE TAKE AND DO NOT TAKE

 ALL BOOKS DONATED MUST BE IN GOOD, SALEABLE CONDITION

Please bring us ONLY books which meet our donation guidelines below. Our storage space is limited, and we can only accept donations of books that we will be able to sell.
Please do not give us books no one else will want.

YES – WE ACCEPT

NO – WE DO NOT ACCEPT

BOOKS Hardcover and paperback books in good, saleable condition Books in poor condition:

  • dirty
  • water damaged
  • musty
  • mildewed
  • missing pages
  • missing covers
  • falls apart when opened

You don’t want them, and neither will anyone else

TEXTBOOKS Advanced math and science only All other textbooks
“UNWANTED BOOKS” None “Leftovers” and books of little or no value:

  • books left over after yard sales and book sales
  • books rescued from trash piles
  • books purchased from our outdoor cupboard
CONDENSED BOOKS (e.g. Reader’s Digest) None All
ROMANCE NOVELS None All
OUTDATED BOOKS Antique and classic travel guides (rare books) Content is time-dependent and has become outdated, unreliable, and/or
useless:

  • old tax guides
  • old travel guides
  • old business books
  • some encyclopedias
MAGAZINES AND PROFESSIONAL JOURNALS None All
LP RECORDS, CASSETTE TAPES, CDS, VIDEOS, DVDS, BOOKS ON TAPE None All
POST CARDS, PHOTOGRAPHS, EPHEMERA, PRINTS, SHEET MUSIC, BLANK BOOKS None All
BOOKENDS AND BOOK RELATED ACCESSORIES In usable/saleable condition In poor or unusable condition

 TAX DEDUCTION INFORMATION

  • All donations are tax-deductible
  • The IRS does not permit
    us to appraise donations
  • On request we will give
    you a non-itemized receipt for your donation
  • The receipt describes
    our average selling price so that you can estimate the value of your donation,
    based on the number of books that you have donated
  • In order to be able
    to estimate the value of your donation, please count your books, hard cover
    separately from paperback, before you bring the books to the store

DONATION DROP-OFF GUIDELINES

  • Please bring books to the store when the store is open
  • PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE BOOKS OUTSIDE WHEN THE STORE IS CLOSED
  • We do not accept donations during half-price sales
  • Occasionally we do not accept certain categories of books
  • Please call and speak to the staff before delivering large donations
  • Please call and speak to the staff if you have any questions about delivering a donation
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