Ready to donate lab equipment or supplies?

Follow these steps to get started.

To initiate the donation process, please contact us at with your contact information (Name, Institution, Address, Phone, Email), when the donations will be available, and a detailed itemized list of donations.

We will contact you to arrange a drop-off at our site.

Address: 9235 San Leandro Street, Oakland, CA 94603

**We cannot accept chemicals of any kind**

We will check off the items you have donated against the list that you have provided and then provide you with a donation receipt via email.

What’s Needed

Items We Always Need

  • Equipment & instruments
  • Gloves 
  • Beakers
  • Petri dishes
  • Syringe filters
  • Filtration units
  • Glassware/Chemware
  • PPE – Personal Protection Equipment
  • Syringes without needles
  • See more in charts below 

Items NOT Accepted

  • Broken equipment/ instruments
  • General furniture
  • Used Consumables/ Supplies
  • Expired kits
  • Syringes with needles
  • Blood drawing supplies
  • Three-ring binders
  • Liquid or chemical agents of any kind

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.


The Depot is unable to accept equipment that is not-working or hazardous. Toxic and hazardous chemicals and supplies also cannot be accepted. The Depot tests equipment and sorts the donated items which are 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.

For more details please feel free to download our donations guidelines document.

Other examples of donations highly valued by educators and researchers:

Small Lab Equipment:

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

Larger Lab Equipment:

Autoclaves Refrigerators Freezers
Shakers Sequencing systems Real-time PCR systems
Incubators Ovens Spectrometers
Chromatography equipment


Pipettes Pipette tips Plastic bottles
Serological pipettes Microwell plates Gloves/masks/PPE
Flasks Petri dishes Tubes/vials


Flasks Beakers Bottles
Vials Advanced Chemware

Lab Furniture:

Lab carts Small benches Glassware cabinets
Supply cabinets Storage racks Bins
Chemical cabinets Biosafety cabinets

Office Supplies:

Recent model computers Laptops Monitors
Labeling devices iPads

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 accept chemicals like yeast extract, sugars, agarose, salt, LB media powder, kits for molecular biology (DNA extraction, cloning), and simple assays. We do not accept bulk chemicals such as solvents, acids, alkalis, hazardous chemicals. Feel free to contact us if you are not sure.

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.

For more details on the donation process please see our donations guidelines document.

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. Just call or email us for any time/date that is convenient for you and we will be at the Depot to receive your donation.

We may be able to pick up small donations from your site depending on the availability of volunteers. 

Please do contact us if we can help coordinate donations.