Our first 2015 Publishing Academy Wordshop for young writers is Saturday Feb 21. Sign up now!
All Adventures in Creative Writing field trips in March are now 25% off! Is your class on the lookout for an exceptional literacy experience?
Take the next step with Open Books—join us as a volunteer , donor, or event participant!

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.