Making the Most of Your Donations


Thank you for considering a book donation to Hospice by the Bay. Your support helps us in so many ways that we are hoping you can help us just a little bit more. As much as we love books, many years of experience have shown us what we can and can’t resell in our Used Book Room. Our customers expect a high standard, so before you bundle up your books and drop them off at our office or store, please take a moment to sort through them. By only donating the best of the best, you will help our efforts go farther.


To make a long story short: If you wouldn’t buy it or give it to a friend, please don’t bring it to us. We know it’s difficult to throw out any book, but not every once-cherished book is worth keeping. When we have to sort through unsellable donated books, it takes up time, energy and storage space. Not only that, we must pay to dispose of them.

BEST SELLERS (in general, published after 2015 is best)

  • Mystery, Detective and Suspense Novels
  • Self Help/New Age
  • Biographies/Memoirs
  • Cook Books
  • History/Politics
  • Children’s/Young Adults


  • For public health purposes, we cannot accept any moldy, dirty, water-stained or mildewed books. These are often books that have been in storage.
  • Books with damaged bindings, missing covers or pages, or with writing, markings, or highlighting
  • Condensed Books
  • Encyclopedias, World Books
  • Time/Life book series or similar series
  • Textbooks, Technical Manuals
  • Library Books
  • Periodicals, Magazines
  • Travel Guides over five years old
  • CD’s, DVD’s, VHS Tapes, Cassettes


Donation Hours — We can accept your donation at our Larkspur office, 17 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. We accept donations 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Packing instructions — Please pack books in doubled paper bags. We cannot accept boxes of books. They simply weigh too much for our staff and volunteers to move without risking injury.

Quantity — Because of storage limitations, we can only accommodate up to six double-strength paper bags of books per donation. For larger donations, please contact our thrift shops in San Rafael at (415) 459.4686, or in Novato at (415) 893.9036.

Hodgepodge Items


Come by and find that perfect item for yourself or a gift for a loved one. Seniors get a 10% discount on Tuesdays. We also have special events throughout the year including our annual Holiday Boutiques. To donate furniture and other large items, please call in advance.


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