Impact literacy in your community: volunteer for our ReadThenWrite program!
Our summer Publishing Academy Program is now open for registration!
Join Open Books for the 2015 Chicago Reader Book Swap on April 16!
Lace up your running shoes for Open Books and join Team Bookin' It!

We are moving to the West Loop! 

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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 (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.