Transforming lives through reading, writing, and the power of used books.

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.

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West Loop

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Mon-Sat 9am–7pm
Sun 12pm–6pm

651 W. Lake St.
Chicago, IL 60661

312.475.1355 ext.100


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905 W. 19th St.
Chicago, IL 60608


Literacy Programs

Open Books transforms students’ reading and writing skills through experienced educators who deliver innovative instruction, passionate volunteers who serve as positive role models and provide enthusiastic support, safe learning environments for practice, exploration, and social-emotional growth, and access to high-quality books and tailored curricula.

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Book Donation

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.


Financial Donation

The generosity of donors helps us engage more than 4,500 youth through our literacy programs and give way more than 135,000 books to children and families each year. Together, we can transform lives through reading, writing, and the giving power of used books.



Volunteers work with our students, organize our books,
staff our events, and make everything happen.


We collect used books.

All books in good condition are welcome, and all donations are tax-deductible. Find out what we take and how to get them to us.

We sell and grant them.

We give books to students in our instructional programs, donate them to educators and students through our book programs, and sell them in our Chicago stores and online.

They fund our programs.

We provide transformational 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 happen.