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.

Join us for our Open House on October 10!
School is about to start and we're looking for eager volunteers for our programs! Sign up for an orientation here.
Open Books needs your help to build stories for the future.

Our River North Store is now closed…and our brand-new West Loop store, classrooms, and offices are open! Visit us at 651 W. Lake to see all the wonderfulness.

Book donations are always more than welcome at our Pilsen location or our drop boxes

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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 (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.