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Support Us


The library has many volunteer opportunities for those who would like to donate their time. However, we are not currently seeking volunteers due to COVID-19.  

Support Organizations

Carlsbad City Library receives tremendous support from the following organizations. Visit any of the links for more information:

Donate Money

The library accepts tax deductible donations that will only be used to support library programs and services or purchase Library materials. Donations may be made in the following ways:

  • PayPal: The City of Carlsbad accepts credit and debit card donations through PayPal’s secured website donation service. PayPal will deduct 30¢ plus a 2.9% service fee from each transaction. Click on the Donate button below to make a donation now:
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  • By cash: Cash donations can be made at any library facility.
  • By check: Donations made by check can be dropped off at any library facility or mailed directly to the Carlsbad City Library at 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, CA 92011.

To make a gift through your donor advised fund or trust, please contact your financial advisor or trust administrator directly for details.

Carlsbad City Library is recognized as a qualified charitable organization under IRS Code Section 170(c)(1). All gifts are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. The City’s tax identification number for tax purposes is 95-6004793.

Donate Materials

Carlsbad City Library is pleased to accept books, magazines and audiovisual materials (DVDs, music CDs and audiobooks) that are in very good condition. These materials may be dropped off at any Carlsbad City Library location during open hours or left in the donation bins. Staff will evaluate materials for use by the library. Materials the library cannot use will go to the Friends of the Carlsbad Library to sell in their bookstore and book sales.

The library is unable to accept:

  • Books that are dirty or damaged
  • Reader’s Digest Condensed books
  • Magazines older than one year
  • Computer and travel books older than five years
  • Textbooks and encyclopedias older than 10 years
  • Computers, typewriters and other used office equipment
  • Any other household items

Thanks for helping us manage our donations.