Donating

Donation Guidelines

Photo by the Murrell Creative Group, used with permission

  • All books and materials donated must be in good, saleable condition (i.e., no ripped covers, not marked up, etc.).
  • Please do not give us books that no one else will want.
  • Please review the chart below to make sure we accept the type of item you want to donate.
  • Please call and speak to a staff member before bringing in any large donations
  • We do not accept books during our semi-annual half-priced sales (February and October).
  • Please bring books to the Lantern only when the store is open!
  • We prefer donated books to be in boxes or very sturdy bags (it helps with storage).
  • We do not offer curb service; please carry the books into the shop. Be sure to note Georgetown parking rules (e.g., 2 hour limits).
  • Please talk to a staff person if you have any questions about donations.

PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE BOOKS OUTSIDE WHEN THE SHOP IS CLOSED!

Tax Deduction Information

  • All donations are tax deductible.
  • The IRS does not permit us to appraise donations.
  • We provide a signed, non-itemized receipt for your donation, noting the number of bags / boxes donated and the date.
  • To estimate the value of your donation:
    • Before you bring in your books, count the number of hardbacks and paperbacks.
    • Check our shelves and note our average sales prices.
    • If you think a book may be of above-average value, look it up on AbeBooks before you donate it. Print out the result and keep it with your tax records.
What We Accept and Do Not Accept
BOOKS YES, in good condition (No books that are dirty, water-damaged, musty, mildewed, missing pages, missing covers, broken spine, and/or falling apart)
ATLASES RARELY (only antique)
AUDIO (LPs, CDs, DVDs, Books on Tape, Cassettes) YES, with no scratches or skips; covers in good condition
BLANK BOOKS, CARDS YES, if unused and in useable, saleable condition
BOOK ACCESSORIES YES, for example, bookends, bookmarks in useable condition, etc.
CATALOGUES NO
COMPUTER BOOKS NO
COMIC BOOKS NO
CONDENSED BOOKS NO
DICTIONARIES YES, both English and foreign language dictionaries
EXERCISE NO
EROTICA NO
FOREIGN LANGUAGE YES
GRAPHIC NOVELS YES
LP RECORDS YES, if not warped, broken, or with scratches or skips
MAGAZINES, JOURNALS, ART CATALOGUES NO
MAPS YES, folded, not rolled
OUTDATED BOOKS Selected:
YES, antique, rare, or classics.
NO, no prior year tax guides or business books.
POSTCARDS YES
PRINTS (e.g., art, photographs, woodblocks, lithographs, etchings, etc.) YES, both framed and unframed
ROMANCE NOVELS NO
SETS OF BOOKS RARELY, we may make exceptions; please inquire
SHEET MUSIC YES
TEXTBOOKS NO