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Get Involved with the Friends

Ways you can get involved and help support UDPL:

Attend a Friends Board Meeting

Come to a meeting and hear more about who the Friends are and what we do.
Friends Meetings are 2nd Thursdays of the month,  1:30-3:00 pm in the Library Conference Room.
Friends members and non-members alike are invited to the next meeting of The Friends of UDPL. Join us to hear what the Friends are working on. All are welcome — come and find out more about the Friends and opportunities to volunteer.

Become a Member of the Friends

Friends Members make a difference for library users every day. Members of the Friends are local residents and businesses who, like you, recognize all that the Upper Dublin Public Library has to offer our community, and who want to support it. Your valuable membership provides the support we need to help the UDPL continue improving your services.

To become a Friend, complete the Friends Membership Form and return to the library.

Volunteer

It’s a great way to participate with the Friends! Join us in helping with various activities and fundraisers including the ongoing Book Sale Area, the Annual Jewelry Sale, the Annual Craft Show, and other special events.

Shop

Whether you’re looking for a good book or a gift, we offer quality bestsellers, non-fiction, and children’s books at bargain prices at our ongoing book sale.  You can also support us by shopping at our annual Jewelry Sale (October) and annual Craft Show (August).

Donate

The Friends welcome donations of books and audio/visual materials for our book sales, and jewelry for our annual jewelry sale.

Book Sale and Donation FAQs

Does the Library accept donations of used books?

The Friends of the Upper Dublin Public Library gratefully accepts gently used donations of hardback books, paperbacks, children’s books, DVDs, audio books, CDs, and puzzles, which are then sold at the ongoing book sale to raise library funds. All materials must be in good condition.

How to donate materials to the book sale
  • Donations are accepted in portable containers (bags, boxes, etc.) at the sale drop off area to the left of the library front desk.
  • We accept 3 bags or boxes at a time. For donations of more than 3 boxes or bags, we ask that you see the front desk to make an appointment before donating.
  • Donations are accepted any time the Library is open.
  • Donations should not be put in the book drop or left in front of the building (because then we can’t be sure they really are donations.)
  • Donors may ask for a letter acknowledging the donation. However, library staff cannot appraise the items or indicate a value in the acknowledgment letter.
  • Time permitting, library staff will review donations and consider adding them to the collection in accordance with the Materials Selection/Collection Development Policy. The Friends and library staff reserve the right to sell or otherwise dispose of donations not added to the collection.
  • Due to the lack of storage space and the difficulty of resale of some materials, not all donations are acceptable.

We urge donors to observe these guidelines because unacceptable materials must be discarded at library expense.

I left something in a book I donated

Occasionally, staff find personal items in donated books (examples: bookmarks, photographs, news clippings.) By the time the items are discovered, staff is unable to tell who made the donation. Photographs are usually saved for a reasonable amount of time in hopes that the owner may come to claim them. Special bookmarks may also be saved. Most other items will be discarded immediately.

Prices in the Friends book sale
  • Adult Hardbacks:  $1.00 each
  • Trade Paperbacks:  $1.00 each
  • Children’s & Teen Hardbacks: $1.00 each
  • Music CDs, DVDs & Audio Books:  $1.00 each
  • Adult Mass Market Paperback: $0.50 each
  • Children/Teen paperback books:  $0.50 each
  • Special items may be more and will be marked.
What we accept for donation

The Friends of the Upper Dublin Public Library gratefully accepts gently used donations from a smoke-free home of hardback books, paperbacks, children’s books, DVDs, audio books, CDs, and puzzles, which are then sold at the ongoing book sale to raise library funds. All materials must be in good condition.

What we cannot accept for donation

Due to the lack of storage space and the difficulty of resale of some materials, not all donations are acceptable. We urge donors to observe these guidelines because unacceptable materials must be discarded at library expense. We cannot accept:

  • damaged books, including:
    • damaged spines
    • water damaged, dirty or moldy materials
    • torn covers, pages
    • highlighted material
    • books written in or marked (except signed or inscribed)
  • Only donations from a smoke-free home please
  • VHS tapes
  • encyclopedias more than 5 years old, or sets missing volumes
  • reference books more than 3 years old
  • computer books/manuals more than 5 years old
  • magazines, including National Geographic and American Heritage
  • Reader’s Digest Condensed Books
  • textbooks
  • bulk packs or other bound study materials
  • vinyl records