Donating to the library

The City of Sydney Library network only accepts donations in certain categories like books in selected community languages and local historical items. If you have any items that fall within these 2 categories, take them to your nearest library branch.

For all other items please refer to the donation options listed below.

Community language books

The library accepts books in new condition, or published less than 4 years ago, in the following languages:

  • Chinese
  • Indonesian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Thai
  • Vietnamese.

Local history items

Donating items with local historical value helps maintain and develop the library's historical collection. We will only accept items relevant to this collection.

Once accepted, donations become the library's property. This means we reserve the right to dispose of any donated materials at a later date.

Photographic material can be donated through the City's Archives. Donated photographs must include individual captions including the subject, date it was taken and the names of any individuals pictured. If you have a photo that you wish to donate, please contact Archives on 02 9265 9618 or email

How to donate

To donate relevant items or find out more, contact the City of Sydney by phone or email.

Collections and Contracts Management Team Leader02 9265 9471

More options for donations

Other donation options include your local school, which may have a book donation program for fundraising activities or to benefit student learning.

You could also try The Benjamin Andrew Footpath Library – a mobile service that accepts book donations and caters to the homeless people of Sydney.

The Redfern Centre is a local organisation which accepts book donations. It is at 317 Cleveland Street and is open Monday to Friday (8am to 4pm) and on Saturdays from 10am to 4pm. To make a donation telephone 02 9698 3594.

Or take your books to a St Vincent de Paul, Salvation Army or Smith Family store/donation bin.


Government schools Non-government schools St Vincent de Paul centres The Benjamin Andrew Footpath Library The Salvation Army The Smith Family store locations

Last updated: Monday, 4 January 2016