Donate Books

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Help Open Books Build A Library!

Open Books is joining in by helping build a school library at Jenner Elementary. You can support by donating your gently-used books to us to help us furnish a brand-new school library!

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, and use and give them away in our literacy and book grant programs. Our book department produces zero waste, and we give away 2.5 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. Since we give away so many children’s books, we are always in need of more high quality titles.

Tax Deductible: We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit, so all donations are fully tax deductible. Looking for a receipt for your donation, click here.

Where to Donate Books

West Loop
651 W Lake, Chicago, IL 60661 –Available during store hours (M-Sa, 9am-7pm; Sun, noon-6pm). No more than four boxes per donation at this location, please.

645 W Couch Pl., Chicago, IL 60661 – Drop box off of 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. Larger donations accepted during store hours, 7 days a week, 10am-4pm.

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

Need a Pick Up?
Fill out the form below. We’re on the road M-F, 10am-2pm in our Booksmobile!

Questions about book donation?

Let us know: [email protected] or call us at 312-475-1355 ext. 114. Need a receipt for your donation? Click here.


Want to host a book drive for Open Books?

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


Publishers, Stores, or other Partnership Book Donations?

Please contact Ryan Jackson, Managing Director, [email protected] to get the ball rolling.

Interested in a FREE Pick Up?

While we would love to be able to accommodate every pick up request immediately, the high demand creates a backlog. Our current wait time is approximately 6 weeks.

If at all possible, donors are encouraged to drop off books at any of the locations listed above, especially if the quantity is under 100 books.

What do we take?

  • All Children’s Books
  • Books in almost all genres that are in good, resellable condition
  • CDs, DVDs, and LPs in playable condition

What don’t we take?

There are certain types of books that simply see their time come and go and, unfortunately, no longer possess the capability to help us achieve our mission. Such as:

  • Encyclopedias
  • Older Textbooks
  • Books with significant damage
  • Magazines
  • VHS Tapes or Audio Books on Cassette

Pick Up Area

Finally, some books are just too far away. Basically, our pick up radius is bound by the Tollway (294). See the map below for more details.

If you’ve got books we can re-use and the wait time is acceptable, or if you aren’t sure, please fill out the form below and we’ll be contacting you shortly.

Schedule a FREE Pick Up!