Jefferson County Library Foundation (JCLF) provides critical support to Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL), expanding free programs and services to all Jefferson County residents. Through public outreach, advocacy and fundraising, JCLF strengthens JCPL and promotes greater awareness of its valuable resources and services, helping JCPL ensure free and equal access to information and great literature to all Jeffco residents.

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Nominate a friend for the “Unsung Heroine” award for her charitable work, or a woman for the “Shattered Glass” award for breaking the glass ceiling in her industry.  Deadline to nominate: March 19

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The Jefferson County Library Foundation accepts donations of books, CDs, LPs, and DVDs  MONDAY through TUESDAY, 9 AM – 4 PM. Maximum of 6 boxes per vehicle only.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please follow these instructions for the safety of our staff, volunteers, and donors when dropping off donations:

  • When you arrive, please park your vehicle in front of the POD storage unit in the parking lot.  
  • Open your trunk or hatchback and remain in/return to your vehicle.
  • Call the phone number on the sign and one of our masked and gloved staff and volunteers will remove your items from your vehicle.  Please wear a mask and remain in your vehicle as we unload. 
  • We will close your trunk/doors and give you a donation receipt if you need one.

We will accept up to six boxes of donations per vehicle.  Please properly box items. If items are not boxed, we will be unable to accept the donation.

Thank you!  Your donations help support programs, services and resources at Jefferson County Public Library. 

Our address is:

10790 W. 50th Avenue, Suite 200
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

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If you would like to drop off more than six boxes of media, please contact Neil at or call 303-403-5076. 

Shop Whale’s Tale Books & Gifts at Colorado Mills Mall 

We are located next to Dick’s Sporting Goods and have gently used books, CDs, LPs, DVDs, unique new gifts, jewelry, accessories, gift baskets and more for sale at discounted prices.

Take a virtual tour of our store.

“As a current board member of the Jefferson County Library Foundation (JCLF), I have visited the Whale’s Tale Books and Gifts Shop in Colorado Mills. WOW…. What a nicely displayed store with lots of “goodies ” for all of us to buy, so get up there!! Please remember that the proceeds from the store are earmarked to help support [Jefferson County Public Library].”

Ron BensonJCLF Board of Directors

We recycle over 38 TONS of books each year

We find good homes for gently used books, CDs, DVDs, and LPs.
And if we can’t resell a book, it is recycled. 

Your donations support kids, family, and early literacy programs
at Jefferson County Public Library.

Good for Jeffco. Good for the Earth.
Good for You!

Thank you!

Donations accepted Mondays and Tuesdays, 9AM – 4PM

Watch our short How to Donate video for everything you need to know
about donating:

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Are You a Friend of JCPL?

Are you a friend of Jefferson County Public Library?

For decades, the Friends have been advocates, volunteers, and supporters of Jefferson County Public Library.  Our members believe that our Library is the heart of our community and that each Friend “multiplies the good” work of the Library.  Through our Whale of a Used Book Sales, Holiday Sales, and Friends Gift & Book Shop, we raise more than $200,000 annually in support of our Library.

So, check out the benefits of becoming a Friend and sign up HERE today.

Follow us on Facebook @JeffcoFriends

Donate your car and help raise funds for JCPL!

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JCLF’s mission is to support and enrich the capabilities, resources and services of the Jefferson County Public Library through fundraising and advocacy efforts that benefit our diverse community. 

If you gave last year, here is some of what YOU helped us accomplish.  And if you didn’t, here are FIVE great reasons to give!

  1. Early Childhood Literacy Programs that help children be reading-ready by Kindergarten. Baby’s First Books and 1000 Books Before Kindergarten help pre-school children and their families get the support they need to help them succeed!
  2. Jefferson County Library Summer Reading Program. This year, over 42,675 Jeffco residents read over 42 MILLION Minutes in the 2019 Mission to Read summer program.  Mission Accomplished!
  3. STEMGirls – middle-school girls gain leadership skills as they run STEM-based exploration groups for elementary school students.
  4. Belmar Library Expansion – we’ve helped fund the Edgewater Family Place and Standley Lake Library Discover Together: Outdoor Adventure Space installations, and this year we’re helping to support Belmar Library’s remodel and expansion.
  5. The semi-annual Whale of a Used Book Sale – these events draws thousands of book lovers for a weekend of fun and book-shopping that raises funds.

Need more reasons? None of this would have been possible without our 300+ community volunteers and without YOUR support. Thank you!


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