Why does the Cobb County Public Library System need my support?

Each day the Cobb County Public Library System helps people dream, dare, and discover knowledge, skills, and abilities – making Cobb County a better place to live, work, and play. We are committed to being a vital resource center for the community by providing equal access to information, materials, and services.

We couldn’t be successful without your support. Only a portion of our funding comes from government sources; we also rely on corporate sponsorships, the Library Foundation, and of course, individual donors like you.

Your support helps us:

  • Keep our shelves stocked with materials
  • Provide educational, exciting programs for the community
  • Continue in our mission to inspire lifelong learning

Book Sale

The library hosts a 3-day semi-annual booksale in the spring and fall from Friday until Sunday.

All profits from this sale go directly to buying more items for the 16 libraries in the Cobb County Public Library System.


Memorial/ Honorary Donations

What better way to remember someone than to donate a book or collection of books in their honor?

The best way to make this type of donation is with a check.  The library staff will assist in the selection and ordering of books or other library materials.  A bookplate is attached to the material.   Materials donated in this way must meet library selection guidelines.  Individual donations may be made at any branch library.  For large donations arrangements may be made through the Administrative Office.

Cobb County Public Library System
266 Roswell Street
Marietta, Georgia 30060
(770) 528-2320

Donation form

Book Donations to the Cobb County Public Library

PLEASE NOTE: Cobb Libraries are not accepting donations of books or other materials until further notice.

Cobb County Public Library is pleased to accept donations of books and other materials in good condition.  To donate books and other items, you may drop them off at any branch during regular library hours.  However, due to a renovation, Switzer Library is unable to accept donations at this time. You will receive a receipt for the number and type of items that you donate.  You can get a tax deduction for your donation. Determining the amount you can deduct is your responsibility.

Donated materials not appropriate for the collection are placed in the semi-annual book sale.  Proceeds are used to buy new materials for all Cobb County libraries.  Remember, all donations become the property of the Library when they are received.  Once donated books are given to the Library, it is up to the discretion of the Library which items will be put into circulation.

All donations should be packed in boxes with lids.  Boxes cannot be returned.  We cannot accept donations that are not in boxes and we are not able to exchange boxes.

Cobb County Public Library gratefully accepts library related materials.  This includes:
  • Books (hardback or paperback, fiction or non-fiction)
  • Compact discs
  • DVDs/Blu Ray discs
  • Comic books & graphic novels
  • Magazines
  • Vinyl records
  • Encyclopedia sets – published within the last 5 years
  • Computer software and manuals – issued/published within the last 5 years (we cannot accept computers or other devices)

If you have a large number of books you would like to donate, please call the library in advance to see if that location can handle the donation on any particular day.

Items Which Sell Well Include:   Items Which Do Not Sell Well Include:
  • Fiction in good condition
  • Nonfiction in good condition (with some publication date guidelines)
  • All children’s books
  • DVDs/Blu Ray discs in good condition
  • New text books
  • Items that are mildewed, warped, have excessive damage, or have a strong odor
  • Text books and study guides more than 5 years old
  • Computer software over 5 years old
  • Medical, science, or technology books over 5 years old
  • Travel books over 3 years old
  • Weekly magazines