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.

To celebrate the holiday weekend, Open Books Pilsen will be closed July 3-5, and Open Books West Loop will be closed July 3, and open from 12 - 6 on July 4. Still want to shop? All used books at Open Books West Loop are 25% off!
Our Pilsen location has been named BEST HIDDEN BOOKSTORE in Chicago!
Looking for some Saturday fun? Join us at various Meatheads locations across Chicagoland this summer for a special reading series!

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.