The resources of Region of Waterloo Library (RWL) have been carefully developed by librarians who strive for a balanced, useful collection which reflects community needs. The Region of Waterloo Library does not accept unsolicited donations of books, magazines, or audiovisual due to limited storage space and increased demands on library staff.

Books donated by local authors or of local historical significance, may be considered and must be accompanied by a signed RWL Temporary Receipt Form. The form needs to be completed in person at a branch at the time of donation. Whenever possible, the RWL will offer to purchase books by local authors, in lieu of accepting a donation. Information on registering with local book vendors will be provided to the author.

Cash donations are accepted and are the easiest way for RWL to transform your gift into a useable item for the library. Income tax receipts will be issued for donations of $10 or more. Cheques should be made payable to Region of Waterloo Library.

In the case of cash donations, every effort will be made to purchase the items specified, or to discuss an alternative selection with the donor.

To donate new and used materials, please see below for many alternate donation locations in Waterloo Region.

Alternate Donation Locations

Woolwich Community Centre Thrift Store
48 Arthur St. South, Elmira

The Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Thrift Shop
59 Church St., Elmira

The New Hamburg Thrift Centre

41 Heritage Dr., New Hamburg

Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) annual book sale
Sale is held late April at the First United Church in Waterloo
If you live or work close to Kitchener-Waterloo, check out Kitchener Public Library's list of local charities, used book stores, and hospitals and nursing homes.

Better World Books

The Region of Waterloo Library has partnered with Better World Books who sell withdrawn materials on behalf of libraries. Proceeds from the sale of RWL's withdrawn materials support the improvement of RWL collections. A portion of each sale is also donated to a literacy-based charity.

Online purchases can be made directly at

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