Donating Material for the Collection
Greater Victoria Public Library accepts gifts of books and other materials which enhance our collections. Gifts that match our needs may be added to the collection, subject to the same criteria for selection as purchased materials.
All gifts become the property of the Greater Victoria Public Library. The Library reserves the right to decide the disposition of all gifts received and to refuse unsuitable material. GVPL regrets that we cannot return unused gifts.
Donations not added to the collection may be sold in book sales with the proceeds going to purchase needed items for the library.
We Can Use
Items in excellent condition as follows:
- Books, CDs, DVDs and video games of current interest (up to 3 years old)
- Recently published magazines (up to 2 years old)
- French and world languages – popular fiction & non-fiction (published in the last 3 years)
- Books on the local history of Victoria and lower Vancouver Island (no matter when published)
We cannot accept
Mouldy, yellowed, underlined material and other items as follows:
- Encyclopedias, textbooks or National Geographic magazines
- Cassettes or videos
- CDs, DVDs or video games copied from originals
- Materials downloaded from the Internet
Where and how to donate materials
Call Customer Service at 250-940-GVPL (4875) about the items you would like to donate before bringing material to the library.
- Please limit your donations to 1 bag or box at a time.
- Donations left outside the library or at the entrance to the library can NOT be accepted.
- The Library does not have the ability to pick up donations from donor’s homes or businesses.
Tax Receipts and Appraisals
A charitable tax receipt will be issued for all donations of materials for the collection that are acceptable (as noted above), are added to the library’s collections and exceed the value of $50. The tax receipt will be issued for the fair market value at the date of receipt of the materials. Older materials, which may have a higher intrinsic value, must be accompanied by a valuation in writing (at the donor’s expense) by a recognized authority, such as an antiquarian book dealer.
To recycle paper materials, including books, contact the following locations:
524 David Street
Phone: (250) 386-4342
Hartland Recycling Area at Hartland Landfill
Hartland Avenue, off West Saanich Road
2-6654 Butler Cres, off Keating X-Rd, Saanichton B.C.
Phone: (250) 652-6242
Alternative Places to Drop off Books
Salvation Army. 7177 West Saanich. 652-7846
St. Vincent De Paul. 50 Burnside St. 388-9411
St. Vincent De Paul. 2784 Claude St. 478-0282
St. Vincent De Paul. 777 Goldstream Ave. 478-6933
Camosun College. Alan Batey Library Media Centre. 3100 Foul Bay. 382-3714.
St. Vincent De Paul. 3948 Quadra Ave. 727-3853
University of Victoria. McPherson Library. 721-8244.
Salvation Army. 525 Johnson St. 384-3755
St. Vincent De Paul. 833 Yates. 382-3213
Times-Colonist Book Drive. Details in the TC in January each year.
Value Village. 1810 Store St. 380-9422
Victoria Hospice. 2-1315 Cook St. 361-4966
Women In Need (WIN). 1803 Cook St. 389-2203
Women In Need (WIN). 785 Pandora Ave. 361-9303
St. Vincent De Paul. 307 Island Highway. 708-0520