Can I donate my old books to the library?

Due to space limitations, the Friends of the Scarborough Public Library can no longer accept donations of older books on a regular basis. However, they do accept books on occasion, at specific days and times. If there is an upcoming book donation day, or book sale, that information will be posted here.  

The Friends of the Library have created a list of recommended locations for donating or selling used books. Each group’s needs may change, so it is recommended that you call for more information before bringing your books for drop off.


Goodwill South Portland Location: 207-553-2223

Habitat for Humanity / ReStore Portland Location: 207-221-0047

The Salvation Army Thrift Store 1-800-SA-Truck

Maine Needs Children & YA books only.

Books for Africa

Little Free Libraries Assorted locations – check out

South Portland Public Library Ongoing Friends BookShop on the main level of the South Portland Library


Books-A-Million – look for the “Used Buyback” feature

Bull Moose Scarborough Location: 207-885-9553 South Portland Location: 207-347-2400

Nonesuch Books 207-799-2659

Twice-Told Tales Bookstore 207-725-8888




Powell’s Books


When a book has overstayed its usefulness, the best option may be to let it become something new. Books can be recycled as a last resort.