Donate Books

Free Pick Up Service!
Drop Bins in Chicago!
Donations Accepted at our Stores!
We Love Books!

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).

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

Pilsen
905 W. 19th St., Chicago, IL 60608 Drop slot in front of building available 24 hours a day. Larger donations accepted during store hours, W-Sun, 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, Operations Director, [email protected] to get the ball rolling.

Schedule a FREE Pick Up!

We offer free pick up service throughout the Chicagoland area, M-F 10am-4pm. Fill out the below form, and we'll contact you shortly to set up a date and time to pick up your books.