The Power of Donated Books

Each year, generous readers donate hundreds of thousands of books to support literacy. We sell those books in our stores and online to help fund our programs, use and give them away in our literacy and book grant programs. Our book department produces zero waste, and we give away 2 books for every 3 we sell. We welcome any sellable book in good condition. This includes fiction, nonfiction, craft books, cookbooks, children’s books, and more! We also accept LPs, CDs, and DVDs in good playable condition.


Questions about book donation? Let us know: [email protected] Need a receipt for your donation? Click here.

Want to do a book drive for Open Books?

Fantastic! Here’s everything you need to know: The Book Drive Book (.pdf)

Request A FREE Pickup

We offer free pickup service in the Chicago area M-F 10am-2pm. To inquire about a pickup, please fill out this form.

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Books We Can Use Most
Most of our book grants and programs are for students in preK-12, so we are most interested in receiving:
Chapter and young adult books in very good condition
Series and authors that are currently popular
Books with diverse characters and settings
We are unable to accept:
Encyclopedias (we will take Encyclopedia Brown though!)
Magazines (National Geographic/Time/Life/etc.)
Older Textbooks
Books from Libraries or School Libraries
Law Books
Water Damaged Books
Moldy Books

Drop Them Off

You can drop off your books at any of the following locations.

West Loop

651 W Lake Chicago, IL 60661 Available during store hours.

645 W Couch Pl Chicago, IL 60661 – 
Drop box off on Desplaines between Randolph and Lake St., behind our West Loop store


905 W. 19th St. Chicago, IL 60608 Drop slot in front of building available 24 hours a day. If you have a large donation, please contact us during store hours.

River North

802 W. Superior Chicago, IL 60642 Drop box at corner of Halsted + Superior