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 several ways to get engaging, high-quality books for any age group:

Book Grant Vouchers: Receive a free voucher to use at the Open Books Pilsen bookstore. (Previous applicants: Book Grant Vouchers combine the excellent selection of Book Grant Bonanzas with the convenience of Build-Your-Own Book Grants.)

“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.

Free Book Corner: Stop by Open Books Pilsen to fill a box with free books from the designated area anytime during business hours.

Apply for a Book Grant below. 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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