Exploring the Library: Donations of Books and Other Materials Become Programs and Projects

On any given day when the Sturgeon Bay library branch is open, people pull up to the back door of the office to drop off boxes and bags of books, generously donating their no-longer-needed materials to the Door County Library, and thus to the Friends of Door County Libraries. 

The Friends is a nonprofit organization that supports all eight branches of the Door County Library. Dedicated Friends members of the Book Committee process and sell the donations to the public, with the resulting funds going back to the libraries to help support numerous programs and projects.

These include the January children’s program, Book Page subscription, Hoopla, DVD purchases, movie licensing, craft/grab bags, local programming, summer library program and Door County Reads book purchases.

The Friends have specific guidelines for donation acceptance. They can use DVDs, CDs, and hardcover and paperback books for children, teens and adults. All items must be in good condition and free of mold, stains, water damage, and torn or damaged pages, bindings and covers. Items that are not accepted include VHS and cassette tapes, video games, Reader’s Digest books, magazines and encyclopedias, as well as computer manuals, tax guides, law books, training manuals, textbooks and medical books that are older than five years.

Find out more about how to donate and become a Friends member, plus get a list of book-sale dates, by visiting or calling 920.743.6578.

The next Friends book sale will be held June 25, 9:30 am – 12 pm. Get more details at