Open Books accepts books that are in good condition and all book donations are tax-deductible.
Have books you don't need? Open Books is always looking for book donations.
We gladly accept sellable books in good condition from individuals, corporations, philanthropic groups, libraries, book sales, and anyone else who has them! All book donations are tax-deductible.
Need a tax receipt for your donation? Here's the .pdf.

How It Works: Books

Donate Books
How To Donate Books

Have books you don't need? Put them towards literacy by donating them to us.

Have Us Pick Them Up

We offer free pickup service in the Chicagoland area. Just fill out our pickup request form to get on the schedule.

Drop Them Off

River North Store
(business hours only)

NOTE: Due to limited space, we can only accept up to four boxes/bags per donation at our River North store. If you have a larger donation, you can drop your books off in our dropbox down the street (770 N. Halsted), bring them to our Pilsen location (905 W. 19th), or request a pickup.

Mon-Sat 10am-7pm
Sun 12n-6pm

213 W. Institute Pl.

Chicago, IL 60610
(River North)

See map
Pilsen Store
(business hours only)

Wed-Sat 10am-4pm

905 W. 19th St.

Chicago, IL 60608

See map
At Our Drop Bins
(any time)

Book Drop Boxes

Pilsen more info
River North more info
Hillside more info
Northbrook more info

Mail Them To Us

We happily accept any books sent to us at:

Open Books
213 W. Institute Pl.
Suite 207
Chicago, IL 60610


Donate Books
What Kinds Of Books To Donate

We welcome any sellable book in good condition. This includes fiction, nonfiction, craft books, cookbooks, children's books, textbooks, encyclopedias, and more! We are also now accepting CDs and DVDs in good playable condition.

We cannot accept magazines, VHS tapes, or pre-college (K-12) textbooks.


Donate Books
Book Donation FAQ

Have a question about donating your books? Here's a list of frequently asked questions and answers to them.


Donating E-Readers

Yes; we take these too! Tablets, laptops, and e-reading devices (Kindles, Nooks, etc.) are all welcome.

Donate Books
Donate Books Extras

Book Drives - Interested in organizing a book drive for us? Here's how.
Book Grants - Are you a school or community organization looking for books? Find out about our book grant program.
Contact - Still wondering about book donations? Let us know at [email protected] or 312.475.1355 x114.
DonationTown - Have things other than books to donate? Check here!

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