Where Should You Donate Your Old Books?

Let’s be honest. You have some books on your shelf that you’re never going to open again. It’s taking up space that you could be using for other books that you’re dying to read but don’t have room for. So you’re wondering…what do I do with all of these old books? Never fear, Bookstr is here! We’ve got a list of places you can donate your books to, so no more worrying! You can do it.

1) Send them to your fellow book lovers in your community!

People love getting free books. There might be a little library in your town, or other book services that help get books to kids in need, or donate to shelters! Do some research in your community!


2) Donate to prisons

Books Through Bars and Books to Prisoners are volunteer run organizations that get your old books to people who are incarcerated. Books Through Bars is at capacity right now with book donations, but they’re taking monetary donations to help with shipping. While prisons are very strict on what content gets in, here’s a list from ReadBrightly to decide which books are ok to send:

  • Instructional art (how to draw, paint)
  • African-American studies and history
  • Puerto Rican history
  • Urban Fiction (e.g. Teri Woods, Sister Souljah, Eric Jerome Dickey)
  • Small business, including real estate
  • Trade skills (including plumbing, electricity, carpentry, construction, auto mechanics)
  • Puzzle and game books (including chess, crosswords, sudoku, and role-playing manuals)
  • True crime
  • Thesauruses
  • Legal self-help
  • GED preparation materials
  • Westerns
  • Thrillers
  • Murder mysteries
  • Horror novels
  • Books on the occult, aliens, conspiracy theories, and New Age


3) Send them to Africa

Sadly, there are not a lot of books in certain parts of Africa. Books for Africa and The African Library Project strive to end the lack of literary materials in those areas! 


4) Give them to the Armed Forces

Books for SoldiersOperation Paperback, and Books for Troops are all organizations that ship your old books to soldiers. The programs get specific books, which the soldiers request, right to them. How cool is that?


5) Thrift shops 

From Goodwill to the Salvation Army and even your local thrift store, I’m sure they accept donations for used books. Those organizations are great new homes for your books as well!


Donate your books and help a great cause!




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