Where to donate

We gratefully accept donations of gently-used books, vinyl, DVDs, and CDs, but we can only sell items that are in good condition. To learn what materials we do and do not accept before you make your donation, please click here.

To read our full Material Selection Criteria policy, please click here.

Small donations

Donations of two small boxes or less can be dropped off at any branch of the Ottawa Public Library or at any FOPLA Bookstore during opening hours. Small boxes should not measure any larger than 18 inches x 12 inches x 10 inches (roughly the size of a bankers’ box).

Please indicate on the box that your donation is for FOPLA or the Friends. For the safety of staff and volunteers, please do not submit donations in plastic bags if there is a danger your donation may break the bag.

Large donations

Large donations of two boxes or more require an appointment to be dropped off at FOPLA’s central distribution facility, located at the James Bartleman Archives and Library Materials Centre (100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa).

Donors must have an appointment for large donations, as the facility’s Security and Shipping/Receiving staff must be notified and to ensure we have adequate volunteer resources to receive your donation. Regrettably, we are unable to pick up donations.

Due to limited space resources and for the safety of our volunteers, we cannot accept donations in plastic bags and/or boxes larger than 18 inches x 12 inches x 10 inches (roughly the size of a banker’ box).

Appointment Request

Please complete the form below to request an appointment to drop off your large donation at the James Bartleman Archives and Library Materials Centre. Once received, you will be contacted to confirm an appointment date and time.



Mon – Fri: 10:00 to 15:00
Last entry is at 14:00. Appointments are one hour in duration.


If you would like to make a large donation, or if you have questions regarding a potential donation, please call 613-580-2424 x27875 and a volunteer will be happy to assist you.

FOPLA Distribution Facility
James Bartleman Centre, Room 149
100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa ON K2G 4R7
(613) 580-2424 x27875
Email: distribution@fopla-aabpo.ca