Book Grants

Free books for educators and nonprofit organizations serving the Chicagoland area!
Books for classroom libraries, community spaces, and special events!
Broad selection of high-quality, engaging, developmentally appropriate titles!
Available for pickup year-round!

Open Books gives away over 150,000 books to schools and nonprofit partners across Chicago each year.

Our Book Grants create libraries in schools and nonprofit centers, support literacy events in the community, and provide students who lack access with books to keep and enjoy with their families.

We offer several ways to get engaging, high-quality books for every age group:

1. NEW! Book Grant Bonanza Days: These monthly events (RSVP required) give you access to our best quality books! Highly recommended for all applicants serving ages 0-18, especially those seeking Spanish books or classroom sets.

Upcoming Bonanza Days at Open Books Pilsen:

You may attend one Bonanza every three months and a maximum of three per school year, and must RSVP for each one you attend.

2. BYO (Build Your Own) Book Grants: Free shopping sprees in the kids and young adult sections at Open Books Pilsen. Appointments available 7 days a week between 10am and 4pm.

3. “Classic” Book Grants: Need an assortment of books for a large group (100–1,000) of people? We’ll box up a variety of crowd-pleasing books for you to pick up from Open Books Pilsen. If you’re requesting books for a special event, please apply at least 4 weeks in advance.

Apply below to RSVP for a Bonanza Day, make a Build-Your-Own Grant appointment, or request a Classic Book Grant. We welcome requests for any age group, including adult populations.

Got books to donate?

All Book Grants come from inventory generously donated by the public. We accept donations year-round and offer free pickup service, too!

Donate Books

Need books now?

Visit the Free Book Corner at Open Books Pilsen as often as you like! No application or appointment necessary.

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