AUG 2, 2021: Due to current health recommendations, masks and social distancing are required for staff and volunteers.

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.

Join us for the book sale of the summer on the front lawn of the Brass Armadillo this August 12th and 13th!  This outdoor venue is a great way to find your next summer reads and at the same time help us support literacy and family programs and resources at Jefferson County Public Library!

The event is free to the public and features three separate tents of books, CDs and DVDs. [Read more…]


Authors in the Afternoon August 27 Tix on Sale

The first in the “Authors in the Afternoon” series features New York Times/USA Today/Amazon best-selling authors and archaeologists W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear.  They have over 17 million copies of their books in print world-wide, which have been translated into at least twenty-nine languages.

Tickets on sale for in-person and livestream. [Read more…]


Picture of stacked used books and white text stating that your donations help support library programs not fully supported by tax dollars.

The Jefferson County Library Foundation accepts donations of books, CDs, LPs, and DVDs 

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.

Maximum of 6 boxes per vehicle only. 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 have specific questions about donations not covered here, please contact Neil at or call 303-403-5076. 

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 Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL)?

For decades, the Friends have been advocates, volunteers, and supporters of JCPL.  Our members believe that our Library is the heart of our community and that each Friend “multiplies the good” work of the Library.  We raise more than $100,000 annually in support of JCPL through our Whale of a Used Book Sales, and Whale’s Tale/Baby Whale bookstores.  Become a Friend today. Follow us on Facebook @JeffcoFriends

These Books Would Like to Say “Thank You” for Finding Them New Homes at THIS Year’s Whale of a Used Book Sale (Planet Earth says ‘Thank You’ Too!)

Thank you! Your patronage helped find new homes for tens of thousands of books, CDs, DVDs and more at the 2021 Summer Whale of a Used Book Sale!

We’re committed to providing the Jeffco and Metro Denver with a means of donating and preserving their reusable books and media by holding our semi-annual mega Whale Sales, pop-up books sales, and our Whale’s Tale bookstore at Colorado Mills Mall.

We accept donations at our Wheat Ridge Warehouse Mondays and Tuesdays from 9AM – 4PM. Drop by with your gently used books and come see us at one of our sales venues!

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

Sunday-Friday: Noon – 6 PM
Saturday: 11 AM – 6 PM

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.

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 Challenge Program. In 2020, Jeffco residents completed over a half million Imagine Your Story: Explore  Summer Reading activities!
  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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