Drop off Donated Books
Claremont Forum Bookshop
586 W. 1st St, Claremont, CA 91711
(We are on the first floor inside the Packing House)
We welcome donations during regular store hours. If you have larger donation, we encourage you to donate on Wednesday or Sunday mornings. 10 AM - 12 PM.
If you need help:
We have dollies available and can assist you to unload your car. Please call (909) 626-3066 before you arrive and we can plan on helping you out.
Please be sure to ask us for a receipt if you need one. Did you forget? Email us at email@example.com
Books We Need
All book donations need to be bagged or boxed. We cannot accept loose books.
New or gently used paperback fiction, especially titles published within the last 10 years
LGTBQ+ affirming books, both fiction and non-fiction
African American, Native American fiction
Memoirs of current celebrities and important figures
Art books of any kind
Coffee table books
Science Fiction & Fantasy
Books in Spanish
Trade skills: Auto mechanics, electrical, CDL licensing, carpentry, etc.
Crafts, including crocheting and knitting
Games and sports
Crossword puzzles, word search, sudoku
Language dictionaries and grammar books especially Spanish, ASL
Sexual abuse, trauma, addiction
Manga and comics
Native American or African American culture
Reference books (paperback almanacs, dictionaries, thesauri, atlases)
We Cannot Accept
We cannot use damaged books (e.g., broken bindings, missing pages, soiled, musty or moldy, excessive writing in the text). Other books we do not need include:
Propaganda - religious and political books and pamphlets
Books advocating racist, violent, misogynistic, or homophobic ideology or hate speech
mass market paperback romance and mystery (ex: Harlequin Romances)
Clearly outdated materials (ex. computer books or science books that are no longer relevant - "Someday, man will walk on the moon!" or " Getting Started with a Radio Shack TRS-80"
Magazines (except for National Geographic)
Books on cassette
Can you pickup books from my home?
Our resources are limited for at home pickups. If your donation matches a few criteria we will be happy to connect you to one of our trusted volunteers and arrange to pick up your books.
HOME PICKUP CRITERIA
You live within a 15 mile radius of Claremont
Your donation is more than 100 books
Donated books need to be in boxes or bags
Your donation does not include encyclopedias, books in poor condition (stained, yellowed, moldy, torn), outdated reference books, books discarded by other libraries, audio cassettes and VHS tapes
If you live outside our service area, there is a $50 charge for fuel and staff expenses.
Complete this online request form (above). We will evaluate your donation and coordinate a time for pickup. Please know that it may take up to two weeks for us to arrange a pickup. Most of our pickups are completed by volunteers and their time is limited. We appreciate your patience.
Other Donation Options
The Prison Library Project is always grateful for book donations! We are honored by the generosity of our community, and we could not do our work without your support. Occasionally, our staff is trying to keep up with processing donations and may ask you to delay your donation for a week or two. If you have very large donations, older books, or donations that are primarily hardcover, consider donating to other organizations.
Here are some other places where you can donate your books locally. We recommend you call first before bringing your books into any location.
Friends of the Claremont Library
208 Harvard Ave, Claremont, CA, 91711
Friends of the Upland Library
460 N. Euclid Avenue, Upland, CA 91786
325 1st Street, Claremont, CA 91711
ACTS Thrift Store
232 East Foothill Blvd. Pomona, CA 91767
Goodwill Southern California Boutique & Donation Center
1760 W. Foothill Blvd., Upland, CA 91786
Upland Discovery Shop
1236 West Foothill Blvd., Upland, CA 91786
510 Books & Media
Book & Media Pick-Up Service Available
748 E Bonita Ave, Suite 205, Pomona, CA,
Assistance League of the Foothill Communities Thrift Shop
8555 Archibald Ave, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
Anthesis Thrift Store
4669 Holt Blvd, Montclair, CA 91763
Give your friends and neighbors a chance to take your books.
Cal State San Bernardino
5500 University Pkwy, San Bernardino, Ca 92407
**We recommend you call first before bringing your books into any location.**
Have just a few books to donate? Check out the Little Free Libraries around town! Littlefreelibrary.org