Organizations that Accept Donated Books
- Books for Soldiers. Military personnel requesting books, DVDs & CDs.
- Bridge to Asia sends educational books to China, Vietnam & Cambodia.
- Housing Works Used Book Café ((212) 334-3324) provides housing, health care, and job training for homeless AIDS/HIV New Yorkers. They accept resellable books, rare books, and CDs. Mail or bring donations to cafE9, 9126 Crosby St. NY, NY 10012.
- International Book Project sends recent, educational books to organizations worldwide. See their website for criteria and mailing label.
- Better World Books sends recent textbooks to developing countries.
- Goodwill Industries accepts donated textbooks, workbooks, and library books and will generally pick up donations. Goodwill operates more than 1,900 retail stores to fund career training and employment programs that help people overcome barriers to employment and become independent, tax-paying members of their communities.
- Books for Africa collects, sorts, ships, and distributes new and used books
to children in Africa. Books donated by publishers, schools, libraries, individuals, and organizations are sorted and packed by volunteers who carefully choose books that are age and subject appropriate. Contact Books for Africa at:
253 East 4th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55101 USA
Phone: (651) 602-9844
Fax: (651) 602-9848
- Books for the Barrios is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening elementary school education in the Philippines. While the Philippines has made strides toward improving its public education system, lack of material resources greatly limits the ability of teachers to teach and the opportunity for children to gain hands-on experience. Many of the schools to which Books for the Barrios offers assistance have only a handful of books, and school libraries are rare. In many cases, an entire class shares a single outdated, worn, and tattered book. For many children, including high school-age students, the modern books with color illustrations, charts, and photos delivered by Books for the Barrios are the first such books they have seen. Contact Books for the Barrios at:
2350 Ste. D Whitman Lane, Concord, CA. 94518
Phone: (925) 687-7701
Fax: (925) 387-8298
- Books for Children of the World, an affiliate of World Vision (formerly Brother to Brother International) specializes in international donations of goods in high demand overseas. Books for Children of the World requests elementary and high school level textbooks.
Contact Books for Children of the World at:
Reverend David High, 6701 North Bryant, Oklahoma City, OK 73121
Phone: (405) 721-7417
- The Global Book Exchange finds new homes locally and globally for used texts and library books. Working with Marin County youth, educators, and service clubs, their goal is to promote education and literacy worldwide. Contact The Global Book Exchange at:
Marilyn Levin Nemzer, 821 State Access Road, Hamilton Field, Novato, CA 94949
Phone: (415) 883-2662
Book Exchange Hotline: (415) 883-2665
- Books Through Bars, founded by employees of New Society Publishers, sends quality reading material to prisoners and encourages creative dialogue on the criminal justice system, thereby educating those living inside and outside of prison walls.
Contact Books Through Bars at:
4722 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19143
Phone: (215) 727-8170
- The International Students of Lewiston-Auburn (ISOLA) is a multicultural and international student group, with a focus on the promotion of diversity in the United States. ISOLA uses a variety of formats to sponsor academic studies, events, and programs that bring together African-American, Asian American, Latin American, Native-American, and Euramerican experiences.The organization collects used educational books and sends them to a library in Russia and three schools in Africa, one of which is a college. Contact ISOLA at:
Lewiston-Auburn College—The University of Southern Maine,
51 Westminster Street, Lewiston, Maine 04240
Phone: (207) 753-6500
Fax: (207) 753-6555