The Book End

The Book End sells gently used fiction, general nonfiction, cookbooks, poetry, history, biographies, young adult, and children’s books, as well as DVDs, audiobooks on CD, and LPs. The store features a selection of new and noteworthy books on display, and recommendations from our volunteers.

The Book End is staffed entirely by ICPL Friends Foundation volunteers, and proceeds benefit the programs, collections, and facilities of Iowa City Public Library.

Visit for more information about how the ICPL Friends Foundation is working to inspire every member of our community to support the Library as a Library user, volunteer, or donor!


12:30 - 4:30pm
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10:30am - 4:30pm
10:30am - 7:30pm
10:30am - 4:30pm
10:30am - 4:30pm
11am - 3:30pm

The Book End Volunteers

Volunteers staff The Book End. Interested in becoming a volunteer? Download and return the application to the Library. Download a volunteer application

Donation Guidelines

Do you have gently used items you’d like to donate? We’d love to accept them! Drop off your donations at the first floor Help Desk any time the Library is open.

If you have more than two boxes of items to donate, contact the Development Office at 319-356-5249 or to arrange a drop-off time. We'll meet you at the 10-minute parking spots in front of the Library to accept your donations.

We accept:

  • Gently used books in good condition
  • Audiobooks on CD
  • CDs in original case (no burned CDs)
  • DVDs in original case
  • Magazines
  • LP records
  • Historical materials about Iowa City, Iowa, etc.
  • Intact/complete puzzles and games

We do not accept:

  • Damaged materials
  • Nonfiction books published 5+ years ago
  • Reader’s Digest or other condensed books
  • VHS tapes
  • Cassette tapes
  • Encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauruses
  • Used fill-in-the blank books
  • Textbooks
  • Advanced reader editions of books
  • Burned CDs or DVDs
  • Incomplete collections (e.g. a DVD collection missing a disc)

Alternative drop-off location

You can also support the Library by donating and recycling books at this recycling center:

Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center
3900 Hebl Ave. SW, Iowa City
Hours: Monday - Saturday, 7am - 4:30pm

Bring up to 6 boxes without an appointment. You'll find the self-service book collection containers in the electronic recycling garage bay along the back wall.

Learn more about the book reuse and recycling program on our blog.

Contact Us

The Book End Store


ICPL Development Office