Book Donation Guidelines


Please contact us to arrange a book donation: or by phone: 714-465-1190

If you would like to donate new or gently-used books to Makara, please visit our online catalog to learn about the books Makara is seeking for its collection. Books will be shelved in our Library & Art Center, used to stock our stewarded Little Free Libraries, or shared with our partners at emergency shelters and transitional housing sites. Twice a year, Makara hosts a book sale of discarded library books and duplicates to help support our nonprofit library and educational programs. 

Makara's Library & Art Center is focused on global arts & culture. Based on reader interest and our mission, we have set the following guidelines:


  • New books, books in good to excellent condition
  • Research nonfiction on history, economics, environment
  • Narrative nonfiction and personal essays on feminism, race, international persepectives
  • Fantasy & Sci-Fi by people of color
  • Spanish language YA, fiction anthologies, general popular fiction
  • Foreign language children's books (Spanish/Vietnamese/Khmer)
  • Art books!
  • Graphic novels


  • Books with shredded covers and torn pages
  • Books with excessive highlighter & pen marks
  • Books with water/fire/pet damage
  • Textbooks
  • Floppy disks
  • Encyclopedias
  • Dinosaur erotica
  • Bibles

Makara's Fall Wish List!

Makara is so grateful for the generous community donations and treasured thrift store finds that will soon line the shelves of our Lending Library! There are some special books we'd love to include in Makara's Lending Library, but haven't been able to get our hands on just yet:

Avie's Dreams: An Afro-Feminist Coloring Book  by Makeda Lewis

Avie's Dreams: An Afro-Feminist Coloring Book by Makeda Lewis

Bonsai  by Alejandro Zambra, 

Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra, 

Look: Poems  by Solmaz Sharif

Look: Poems by Solmaz Sharif


Visit the Orange location of Barnes and Noble on Oct. 22 - Oct. 23 to help us out! Makara will have a special table with all our Wish List items on display available for purchase. B&N will donate the purchased books to Makara, and contribute a percentage of sales if you use our Book Fair ID: 11995305.

Out of town or hate crowds? The Book Fair continues online until October 30! Use Makara's Book Fair ID 11995305 online or in-store to contribute a percentage of sales to our library and programs! You can also purchase our Wish List items online and set the shipping address directly to Makara so we receive the book & a percentage of the sale: Makara Center for the Arts, PO Box 10776, Santa Ana, CA 92711

To learn more about the Barnes & Noble Book Drive, read our previous post or visit our Facebook event page HERE.

Some of the books on our Wish List that will be available at the Book Drive:

  • A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess
  • Bright Dead Things, Ada Limon
  • Memory of Fire (Volumes 1 - 3), Eduardo Galeano 
  • Complete Persepolis, Satrapi, Marjane
  • DayTripper, Fabio Moon & Gabriel Ba
  • Eiko on Stage, Eiko Ishioka
  • Drown, Junot Diaz
  • The Interior Circuit, Francisco Goldman
  • La historia de mis dientes, Valeria Luiselli
  • Los Gatos Black on Halloween, Yuri Morales & Marisa Montes
  • Popol Vuh: The Sacred Book of the Ancient Quiche Maya, Adrian Recinos 
  • Pretty Monsters: Stories, Kelly Link
  • Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, Lauren Redniss
  • Remedios Varo: The Mexican Years, Masayo Nonaka
  • Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation, Duncan Tonatiuh
  • Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman 
  • The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer
  • Tropic of Orange, Karen Tei Yamashita
  • Umami, Laia Jufresa
  • Unexpected Journeys: The Art & Life of Remedios Varo, Janet Kaplan
  • Ways of Going Home, Alejandro Zamba
  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Shirley Jackson
  • We Love You, Charlie Freeman, Kaitlyn Greenidge
  • When My Brother Was an Aztec, Natalie Diaz