Book Grants

Free books for educators and nonprofit organizations serving low-income communities within 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. The program is open to educators and nonprofit workers serving low-income families and communities throughout Chicagoland.

We offer multiple ways to get engaging, high-quality books for any age group:

Free Kids Book Store in Pilsen: The Children’s section of our Pilsen bookstore is now completely free! If you would like to choose your own books for you class, stop by during our hours of operation and browse our shelves. Because this is a resource meant to serve our community and educators across Chicagoland, we ask that you limit the amount of books selected to 100 per visit.

“Classic” Book Grants: Need an assortment of books for a large group (100+) 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.

The book grant application is closed for the fall. Our next granting period will take place in the winter. In the meantime, please visit our Pilsen bookstore location for free kids books.

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 Kids Book Store at Open Books Pilsen as often as you like! No application or appointment necessary.

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