Our summer Publishing Academy Program is now open for registration!
Lace up your running shoes for Open Books and join Team Bookin' It!

Our River North Store is now closed and we CANNOT TAKE DONATIONS THERE. Please donate books to our Pilsen location or our drop boxes. We will reopen in our new location at 651 W. Lake on May 22! Our offices will be relocated as of May 18. Click here to learn more.

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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.

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 (West Loop 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.