Looking for adult-level books? Check out our Book Grants program!

Open Books gives away 100,000 free, engaging, high-quality, books to schools and nonprofit partners across Chicago each year.

There are three ways to get boxes full of free, hand-picked books that your students will love!

  • Book Grab Table: Visit Open Books Pilsen anytime we’re open, ask about the Book Grab Table, fill a box with books from our ever-changing stock. No application or appointment necessary. Visit as often as you like!
  • Build-Your-Own Book Grant: Apply for a private book-gathering spree at Open Books Pilsen. Choose books from the same stock we use for classic book grants. Highly recommended for building or replenishing classroom libraries.
  • “Classic” Book Grant: Apply to have our book grant team choose a variety of appropriate books for you, that you pick up when ready. Recommended for requests for large numbers of books (e.g., community literacy nights).
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