31 Mar 2014
It’s spring cleaning time! If you have a couple boxes of gently used books that you’d like to donate to some worthy organization, this list can help you find a new home for your wayward tomes.
- Most public libraries accept used books. They may keep the books in the library’s collection or put them in a book sale to raise funds for the library. Call to get more info.
- American Library Association has, by far, the most comprehensive list of organizations seeking book donations. It’s a great place to start because it’s highly accurate and kept up-to-date. They have an extensive list of organizations looking for childrens’ books.
- Books For Soldiers sends books and other needed items to soldiers here and abroad.
- Vietnam Veterans of America will pick up your book donation for free, and you can schedule the transaction online. They’ll also take clothing and household items.
- Goodwill and other non-profit centers will frequently accept book donations.
- The Prison Book Program gets paperback books to prisons around the country. (Hard cover books are not permitted)
- Women’s Prison Book Project focuses specifically on female prisoners’ needs.
- The Little Free Library program has taken off over the last few years. It’s a “take a book, return a book” local gathering place where neighbors share their favorite books for free.
- National Coalition for the Homeless provides links to local homeless shelter where books are always wanted.
- Call your local retirement homes, hospital waiting rooms, oncology centers to see if they could use a donation.
- If you’d like to donate a encyclopedia set that is older than ten-years-old or if you have books that need to be recycled or composted, contact Book Rescue of SCARCE, School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education.