The Friends are currently NOT accepting donations at this time. May 2024

How to Donate Books and Other Items

The Hoover Public Library appreciates the thoughtfulness of its patrons who donate a variety of print and media materials to the Library. Items donated may be added to our collection, given to the Friends of the Hoover Library for their book sales. The Friends generously donate the proceeds from the sale of donated materials and books back to the Library to fund programming and to purchase new materials.

Because of limitations of space, money and staff, the Library reserves the right to accept or discard, at its discretion, any donated materials. Gifts of materials that are accepted by the Library become the absolute and unconditional property of the Library and cannot be returned to the donor for any reason.

The Library reserves the right to refuse any book or material donations that it deems to be not in the best interest of the Library to accept.

What kind of donations does the Library accept?

The library accepts donations in new or gently-used condition:

  • Books
  • DVDs
  • Vinyl Records
  • Puzzles
  • Music CDs

We cannot accept:

  • Materials in poor condition (damage, stains, mold, mildew or odors)
  • Torn pages or covers
  • Scratched or defective DVDs or CDs
  • Encyclopedias
  • Software
  • Manuals
  • Magazines, including National Geographic
  • Catalogs
  • Out-of-date reference books
  • Law case, statute and regulation books
  • Textbooks
  • Out-of-date travel books
  • VHS / cassettes / 8-track tapes
  • Audiobooks on cassette
  • Homemade recordings on any media

Where can I bring my donations?

Please bring donations in small boxes or bags that can be easily carried. Library staff are not able to pick up donations from a person’s home and are unable to carry boxes into the library from vehicles.

  • Administration entrance, 9-5, M-F

If you have more than four (4) large boxes, please email us at and put “Donation” in the subject line to see if we have the room to accept your donation or call 205-444-7840.

Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes. Library staff cannot determine the value of a donation for IRS purposes. We will provide a form acknowledging the donation you made to the library.