Donations & Volunteers


The Plumas County Library welcomes donations of books and other materials in good condition. Some items may be added to our collection or passed along to Friends of the Library.

Because of limitations of space, money, and staff, the library does reserve the right to accept or discard, at its discretion, any donated materials. All donations become the sole property of the Library. Items may also be passed on to Friends of the Library. 

We will accept fiction and nonfiction, hardcover and paperback, items for all ages, audiobooks, and commercial DVDs and CDs in their original packaging. 

The library does not accept items in poor condition, including but not limited to items that are dirty, dusty, stained, water damaged, mildewed, have excessive notes or highlighting, scratched or worn media, materials with torn pages, excessively worn covers, and/or damaged bindings.

Please bring donations during library open hours in small boxes or bags that can easily be carried. Library staff are not able to pick up donations from a person’s home and are generally unable to carry boxes into the library from vehicles. If you have more than three bags/boxes, we suggest you contact us in advance. 

Your donation is tax-deductible. However, by law, library staff cannot determine the value of a donation for IRS purposes. We will provide a notice acknowledging the donation you made to the library on request.

Tool Lending Library

Besides the usual items expected in a library collection - books, audiobooks, magazines, and movies - we are also expanding our collection to non-traditional materials like hotspots, tools, and other items we think the community would like to be able to borrow. Our collection is small but growing, and we are always looking for items to be donated! Please see the attached list of items we are looking for specifically.   

Adopt a Book

You can adopt a book in honor or memory of a friend or family member. With prior approval by the County Librarian, you can donate a specific item and we will add a bookplate with the person's name. (Without prior approval, all donated items are subject to the same terms and therefore the item may not be added to the collection.) You can also donate funds and request they be used to buy specific genres/book types and we will add bookplates to the items bought with those funds. 

Monetary Donations

You can donate funds directly to the Library or to your branch's Friends of the Library group. We accept cash, checks, or money orders. Please make the checks out to Plumas County Library (donated directly to the Library) or the name of the Friends group (donated to your branch's Friends of the Library group.)  

Friends of the Library

Each Friends group is a community-based volunteer organization dedicated to advocating, raising funds, and enhancing services for their local Library Branch. Each Friends group helps maintain an ongoing book sale at each location as well as hosts other fundraising events to help fund their efforts.

Friends of the Quincy Library: Membership is $10 for a year, $100 for a lifetime, and provides you with perks like early entrance into the triannual book sales. Members/volunteers are always needed for book sales.

Friends of the Portola Library: Friends of the Portola Library offers yearly membership at $5.00.  Members are entitled to a free book from "our for sale" bookshelves. In addition, members who buy a book from the ongoing book sale get one free, no limit! Members/volunteers are always needed for book sorting the community donations.

Friends of the Chester LibraryFoCL offers several membership tiers: Mark Twain ($10, plus 10 hours of volunteer time), Jane Austen ($20, plus 10 hours of volunteer time), William Faulkner ($50), Maya Angelou ($250), and Shakespeare (any amount.) All dues are paid between June 1st – July 1st and cover the upcoming fiscal year (July 1 – June 30).  


We are always happy to have volunteers, who help us keep the library and literacy program running smoothly. 

If you are interested in volunteering for the Library, please contact the branch you are interested in volunteering at directly. If you are interested in providing tutoring services under Literacy, please contact the Literacy coordinator at the branch you would like to volunteer instead.  

The staff member will provide the county-required form to be filled out; once completed, your form will be approved by the County's Risk Management & Safety Dept, and you will be asked to submit it to a LiveScan. We ask volunteers to provide a minimum three-month commitment due to the costs of the LiveScan (which we will reimburse you for, provided we receive a receipt after your LiveScan is completed.)  

We appreciate your support!