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. Book donations will be accepted  on September 14 from 4:30-6:30pm, September 16 from 9-11am, and September 19 from 4:30-6:30pm. There will be a book sale in the Library Meeting Room from 9am to 5pm on Saturday, September 23, 2023.

They have created a list of recommended locations for donating or selling used books. Each group’s needs may change, so they recommend contacting them for more information.


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.


Value Line value

The discounted price for a personal Value Line subscription is $198.00 annually. They don't offer a monthly option.