Material donations to the Charles Town Library

Please read the following guidelines carefully. It is our hope that the material we receive is beneficial to both the donor and the library. We are not a recycle center, but an important distributor of current, appropriate printed and digital material.

Donation Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in making a material donation
to the Charles Town Library.

Book Donations
The Charles Town Library welcomes your donated books, audio books, movies, and music. Your donation will be added to the Library’s collection or sold in the library’s book sale area to help enhance our programs and services.

Book Donation Guidelines

Please do not leave any donations without speaking with a library staff member. Because of safety issues and to ensure the good condition of the material, do not leave any items on the front porch of the library.

We will accept:

  • All Hardcover and paperback books in good condition. We do not accept damaged books (e.g., broken bindings, missing pages, soiled, musty or moldy, excessive writing in the text) or clearly outdated materials.
  • All commercially published media (e.g., CDs, DVDs, books on cd).

We cannot accept:

  • Boxes that have been moved directly from long term storage to the Library.
  • Large quantities of books that are not in boxes or containers. Due to facility and logistic constraints, we cannot accept loose material.
  • 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  • Clearly outdated materials (see below for guidelines).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.
  • Magazines (bound or unbound), periodicals or academic journals.
  • Condensed books (Reader’s Digest).
  • Non-commercially produced media (aka home videos/recordings).
  • Workbooks or study guides that are partially or wholly filled in.
  • Computer equipment and programs.
  • Audio or video cassettes.
  • Reference materials (for example, manuals, guide books, medical dictionaries, encyclopedias and almanacs)
  • Textbooks

The library reserves the right to refuse donations that do not meet the above criteria.

Contact Us

200 E. Washington Street
Charles Town, WV 25414