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Greater Victoria Public Library accepts gifts of books and other library materials on behalf of the Friends of the Library. The Friends hold book sales with the proceeds going to purchase needed items for the library. Donations of materials that match GVPL’s needs may be added to the collection, subject to the same criteria for selection as purchased materials.

We Can Use

Items in excellent condition, as follows:

  • Books, CDs, DVDs and video games of current interest (up to three years old)
  • French and world languages – popular fiction and non-fiction (published in the last three years)

We Cannot Accept

  • Mouldy, yellowed, underlined material
  • Encyclopedias, textbooks or magazines
  • Reader’s Digest condensed books
  • Cassettes or videos
  • CDs, DVDs or video games copied from originals
  • Materials downloaded from the Internet

Donating Books: Where and How

Donations may be dropped off at the information desk of any library branch during open hours. We can only accept one bag or box at a time.

Donations left outside the library or at the entrance to the library will not be accepted. The library does not have the ability to pick up donations from donors’ homes or businesses.

If you have a large volume of materials you wish to donate, please contact the Friends.

Brentwood Bay
Salvation Army, 7177 West Saanich Rd, 250-652-7846

Central Saanich
Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, 6767 Kirkpatrick Cres, 778-351-2727

Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, 1010 Craigflower Rd, 250-590-8390

Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, 2784 Claude Rd, 250-478-0282

Camosun College, Alan Batey Library Media Centre, 3100 Foul Bay Rd, 250-382-3714
University of Victoria, McPherson Library, 250-721-8244

Salvation Army, 525 Johnson St, 250-384-3755
Times Colonist Book Drive. Details in the TC early in the New Year each year.
Value Village, 1810 Store St, 250-380-9422
Women In Need (WIN), 1803 Cook St, 250-389-2203
Women In Need (WIN), 785 Pandora Ave, 250-361-9303

To recycle paper materials, including books, contact the following locations:

Capital Regional District
Recycling Hotline: 250-360-3030

Ellice Recycle
524 David Street
Victoria BC
Phone: 250-386-4342

Hartland Recycling Area at Hartland Landfill
Hartland Avenue, off West Saanich Road
Saanich, BC

Ron’s Disposal
2-6654 Butler Cres, off Keating X-Rd
Saanichton, BC
Phone: 250-652-6242

Support Your Library

A donation to your library helps inspire literacy, lifelong learning
and community enrichment for all.


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