Our annual bookcase decorating contest, Make the Case , is on Friday, November 14th at Logan Square Auditorium. Sign up now to join a team , or purchase your spectator tickets at the special Early Bird price.
Rachel Bertsche will join us for a reading and discussion on October 9 at Open Books River North!
We're looking for volunteers to work with elementary, middle, and high school students...and especially seeking mentors to join us reading with elementary learners in our Buddies program all over Chicago. Join us for an info session!
October 11 is Super Hero Day at Open Books River North!

Open Books is a nonprofit social venture that provides literacy experiences for thousands of readers each year through inspiring programs and creative capitalization of books.

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We collect used books.


All books in good condition are welcome, and all donations are tax-deductible. Find out where to drop them off and how to have us pick them up.

We sell and grant them.


We give books to students in our programs, donate them to educators, and sell them in our Chicago stores (River North and Pilsen) and online.

They fund our programs.


We provide inspirational literacy experiences for more than 5,000 K-12 students every year, from reading help through novel-writing.

Volunteers = magic.


Volunteers work with our students, organize our books, staff our events, and make everything we do possible.