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Waukesha, WI   53186

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9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
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9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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Your book donation or monetary contribution to the Waukesha Public Library makes all the difference in helping us to fulfill our mission in the community!

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Donations & Gifts

The library will gratefully accept lightly used books in excellent condition. Many of them will be sold through the Friends of the Library ongoing book sale. Selected items may be added to the library's collection. All proceeds from the Friends book sale are used to enhance the programs and collections of the Waukesha Public Library.

Welcome Donations

Materials that are most welcome include:

  • Anything about Waukesha or Wisconsin history
  • Recent fiction/nonfiction books in excellent condition
  • Paperbacks that are like new
  • Children's books
  • Recent best sellers
  • Audio and video cassettes in excellent condition

Excluded Materials

Sorry, but due to space and storage limitations, the library cannot accept the following types of materials:

  • Magazines
  • Textbooks
  • Old encyclopedia sets
  • Reader's Digest Condensed Books
  • Books that are more than ten years old (except local history)
  • Books previously discarded from libraries
  • Items that are tattered, yellowed, musty, stained
  • Items that are highlighted, written in, or that have loose pages
  • Paperbacks that are obviously worn
  • Computer software and computer manuals
  • Videos that have been viewed more than a few times

Your items will be accepted at the Checkout Desk. Donation receipts are available.

If your items do not meet the criteria listed above, please ask at the Reference Desk for information about other locations that accept donations of used books.


Making a monetary donation to the library for the purpose of purchasing new material is also an excellent means of honoring or remembering a loved one. It would be a unique birthday or anniversary gift, or a long-lasting memorial for a deceased person. You may designate the person to be honored or the family member to be notified, if the gift is a memorial. It is very helpful if broad subjects of interest are designated, so that an appropriate item may be selected. The item that is purchased will have a bookplate affixed which indicates both the person being honored and the name of the donor.

Support the Friends with your AmazonSmile purchase.

  • Login to your Amazon account
  • Select the Friends of Waukesha Public Library, Inc. as the organization you want to support
  • Then, select the item(s) you want to purchase and check out as you normally would
  • The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchase to the Friends of Waukesha Public Library
  • Anyone can purchase through the Friends AmazonSmile program, but if you are not already a Friend of the Library, please consider joining the Friends today

Friends Amazon Smile


Contact the Director's Secretary or the manager of either Children's Services or Information Services for more information.

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