Ready to donate lab equipment or supplies?

Follow these steps to get started.

To initiate the donation process, please contact us at 

Please include the following:

  • Your name
  • Institution
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Email
  • A detailed list of the donations, including the amount of each item 
  • When the donations will be available

We will contact you to let you know which items we can accept and arrange a drop-off at our site.

Address: 9235 San Leandro Street, Oakland, CA 94603

**We cannot accept chemicals of any kind**

We can only offer pick-up for large equipment. 

Once we receive the donations we can email a donation receipt if requested.


Toxic and hazardous chemicals and supplies cannot be accepted. Additionally, the Depot is unable to accept equipment that is not working or hazardous.  The Depot tests equipment which is then provided to educational institutions (K-12, community colleges, 4-year colleges, universities, and community labs) for use in education and research. Materials that are working and non-hazardous but still not acceptable to educational institutions may be recycled, sold, or discarded by the Depot.

We are here to answer all of your questions. Feel free to reach out to We typically respond within 1-3 business days.

What’s Needed

Items We Always Need

  • Equipment
  • Gloves
  • Beakers
  • Petri dishes
  • Goggles
  • Transfer Pipettes
  • Microscope slides
  • Graduated Cylinders
  • Filtration units
  • Glassware/Chemware
  • Cloth Lab Coats
  • See more in charts below

Items NOT Accepted

  • Broken equipment/ instruments
  • Liquid or chemical agents of any kind
  • General furniture
  • Used Consumables/ Supplies
  • Kits
  • Syringes with needles
  • Blood drawing supplies

We accept lab equipment and supplies that can be used by K-12 schools, community colleges and universities. We are unable to accept contaminated and hazardous items or defective or non-working equipment that is unrepairable.

Other examples of donations highly valued by educators and researchers:

Small Lab Equipment:

Microscopes Waterbaths Centrifuges
Hot plates Vortexers Stirrers
Pipettors Colorimeters Power Supplies
Water purification units Balances or Digital Scales Electrophoresis Equipment

Larger Lab Equipment:

Autoclaves Pumps Freezers
Shakers Sequencing systems Lypholizers
Incubators Ovens Spectrometers
Chromatography equipment Liquid Nitrogen containers Real-time PCR systems


Safety Goggles Inoculating loops Plastic bottles
Thermometers Squirt Bottles Gloves/masks/PPE
Flasks Petri dishes Tubes/vials


Flasks Beakers Bottles + Caps
Vials Advanced Chemware Condensers

Lab Furniture:

Lab carts Biosafety cabinets Glassware cabinets
Supply cabinets Storage racks Chemical cabinets

Office Supplies:

Recent model computers Laptops iPads
Tape Paper Stackable bins

Further your impact by also contributing much needed funds.

Your donations of scientific equipment and supplies will help schools, under-funded research programs and nonprofit science programs. By donating your excess or obsolete equipment and supplies to the Depot you will also help divert these from landfills.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you accept chemicals and reagents?

We do not accept bulk chemicals such as solvents, acids, alkalis, or hazardous chemicals. Feel free to contact us if you are not sure. We do accept yeast extract, sugars, agarose, salt, LB media powder, and simple assays. 

You may also contact the teacher-run Google Group, The Chemical Exchange Network, to request or donate a wide range of chemicals. You can “Ask To Join Group” by following the link below:

Chemical Exchange Network

How does the donation process work?

Donors contact us through or fill out our Donor Form, ideally providing a summary of materials available. We will respond as soon as possible. We accept most lab supplies that can be used by high schools, community colleges and universities. As well as most types of operating lab equipment/instruments of any type.

Can donations be mailed or shipped in?

It depends, please contact us first at

We cannot accept chemicals of any kind. However, we often receive supplies and equipment sent in from all over the continent.

What types of equipment and supplies do you accept?

We accept a large variety of equipment and supplies. Most any equipment used in a biotech or chemistry lab is accepted. The following is only a partial list:

We accept consumables such as pipette tips, (both robotic and non-robotic), filtration products, microtubes, microplates, microscope slides, specialty glass, plastic bottles/vials, and many other items.

We accept equipment and instruments such as hot plates, stirring motors, centrifuges, microscopes, shakers, water baths, vortexers, power supplies, pipettors, biosafety cabinets, autoclaves, LC-MS, GC-MS, NMR, bioreactors, chemical reactors, and many others, including many types of larger-scale/industrial equipment .All equipment must be in working order.

We also accept furniture such as lab benches and lab chairs.

What supplies and equipment cannot be accepted?

We are unable to accept the following donations:
• Liquid reagents that are not part of kits.
• Contaminated or damaged equipment or supplies
• Equipment that is no longer working (we do not have the
capability to fix gear as yet)
• Toxic or radioactive materials

Where are you located?

Please contact us before arriving or arranging deliveries:

  1.  Our main donation Center: 9235 San Leandro Street, Oakland, CA 94603
Does Bio-Link Depot offer a donation receipt that can be used for tax purposes?

Yes, after you donate we can provide you with a receipt and our federal ID number.

Where will my donations go?

The Depot works hard to get your donations into the hands of future scientists! We provide the donated items for free to educational institutions (K-12, community colleges, 4-year colleges, and universities, community laboratories) for use in education and research, with a priority for Title I K-12 schools. We do this because we believe that equity in STEM education and sustainability in the Biotech industry are both essential for our future. Material that educators and researchers are unable to use, may be sold, recycled or discarded by the Depot.

How does the donation delivery process work?

Once you have received a confirmation from us, donations can be dropped off at our Oakland site. 

We ask that all donations be dropped off at our site, but we may be able to arrange a pick-up for large equipment.