Our Fundraising Campaign is going on now!
This year the Friends of the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library hopes to provide over $92,000 to the library. Our libraries continue to provide services to over 5,500 patrons a day, both in-person and online, who check out materials conduct job research, attend programs, do homework and electronically access a world of information. Our library depends on its Friends to help provide these services.
If you are a current member of the Friends of the Library, thank you for supporting your library and its mission. If you have not renewed your membership in the last twelve months, or want to join the Friends, now is the time to do so. Many members also add an additional donation to their membership to help us reach our financial goals.
Your tax-deductible contribution to the Friends funds many library system projects, including:
- Adult Cultural Programming, Random Reviews and presentations by visiting authors;
- Children’s reading programs, concerts and special events like the Teddy Bear Picnic;
- Materials for book clubs and workshops;
- Summer Reading programs for Preschool through Adults;
- Lucky Day shelves where patrons can find recent books without waiting in the holds queue;
- Continuing support for the Library’s mobile app;
- Development of the Library’s Maker Room.
You can mail donations to:
Friends of the Library
645 NW Monroe Ave
Corvallis OR 97330
You can also make a donation by becoming a member of the Friends.
Print a membership form and leave it at the Circulation Desk of the Corvallis, Alsea, Monroe, or Philomath Libraries or mail it to the above address.
You can also make a monetary donation by joining the Friends:
To join online using a credit card, debit card, or your Paypal account, click the Donate button.
– Individual membership ($10)
– Family membership ($20)
– Business membership ($100)
You can increase your donation by specifying higher amounts.
If you are already a member, please consider making an additional contribution:
– $25 (sponsor 3 children for the summer reading program)
– $50 (honorarium for visiting authors)
– $100 (2 digital players for audiobooks)
We welcome your donated books, audio books, movies, and music. Your donations will be sorted and used in our book sales. However, space in the Sorting Room is very limited so if you have a large donation with multiple boxes, please call 541-766-6928.
To donate books, take them:
- Corvallis: to the landing at the bottom of the stairs off the parking garage during open hours.
- Philomath: to the circulation desk.
- Alsea: to the circulation desk.
- Monroe: to the circulation desk.
Book Donation Guidelines
We will accept:
- Hardcover and paperback books in good condition.
- Commercially published media (e.g., CDs, DVDs, videos)
We cannot accept:
- Damaged books with broken bindings, missing pages, soiled, musty, moldy, with smoke or water damage, or with excessive writing in the text
- Clearly outdated materials (see below for guidelines)
- Toys, games, puzzles, artwork
- Condensed books (Reader’s Digest)
- Professional journals
- Non-commercially produced media
- Workbooks or study guides that are partially or wholly filled in
- Computer programs
We accept certain materials within specified limits:
- Medical and financial advice books (less than 5 years old)
- Travel guidebooks (less than 5 years old)
- Computer manuals (less than 5 years old)
- Textbooks (less than 10 years old)
- Test preparation guides (less than 5 years old)
- Price guides and almanacs (current only)
Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I go to donate my books and other items?
- Please bring donations of books to the landing at the bottom of the stairs off the parking garage during open hours.
- For assistance with larger donations, call 541-766-6928.
How much can I claim as a charitable donation?
- We do not determine the value of the donation. Receipts can be provided designating how many paperbacks and hardbacks were donated.
What happens to the items I donate?
- Books are sorted depending on the quality and condition of the donated items. Books of value will be sold online through our online book store, Benton Books. Most books will be sold in the Big Book Sale in February, or our smaller sales such as the Fall Festival Paperback Sale, or the Holiday Sale. We also sell books that are duplicates, and books that are not in as good a condition at our Book Sale Rooms/Shelves at each of our branch libraries year round.