COVID-19 Status Update for Book Donations

  • Pick Ups have resumed with safety precautions. Fill out the form below to be scheduled.
  • Open Books Pilsen storefront is currently closed, but open for contact-free book donations. Donations are accepted Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-4pm. Ring the bell or call 312.243.9776 upon arrival and we’ll make arrangements to get the books safely.
  • Open Books West Loop is open for business, 7 days/week 10am-5pm. Smaller donations can be made during that time contact-free in the lobby.
  • Drop Bins, listed below, are open and taking donations 24/7 contact-free.

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We Love Books!

Book Pick Up Service Now Open

As Chicago enters Phase 4 of Stay Safe, we are resuming pick up service on a limited schedule. All pickups must be contact free. Fill out the form below and we will be in touch about scheduling and logistics. As always, you can safely drop off your books in our donation bins, in the lobby of 651 W. Lake between 9am-5pm, or through the donation slot at Open Books Pilsen (details below). Thank you for your understanding and patience.

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 312-508-9222. 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? Fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch!

  • Note: As we work through the backlog of pickups from the first 2 phases of COVID restrictions, we currently have a wait list, depending on your area. We’ll try our best to get to you as soon as possible.

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

Our pick up radius is within the City of Chicago and near suburbs bound by the Tollway (294). See the map below for more details. We will make exceptions for larger collections, get in touch!

Schedule a FREE Pick Up!