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.
Want to do a book drive for Open Books?
Fantastic! Here’s everything you need to know: The Book Drive Book (.pdf)
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.)
|Books from Libraries or School Libraries|
|Water Damaged Books|
Drop Them Off
You can drop off your books at any of the following locations.
645 W Couch Pl Chicago, IL 60661 – Drop box off on Desplaines between Randolph and Lake St., behind our West Loop store
802 W. Superior Chicago, IL 60642 Drop box at corner of Halsted + Superior