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Where to Donate Old Books

March 09, 2022

Where to Donate Old Books

Whether you’re spring cleaning, getting ready to move, or simply in a new phase of life, we all reach a time in our lives when we need to get rid of some of our belongings, including out-of-style or too-small clothes, decor pieces, and even books. It’s easy to throw away ratted clothes and useless knick-knacks, but throwing away books is something we would never recommend! So instead, we’re here to tell you where to donate used books so that they can bring as much joy to someone new as they did to you.

Friends and family

The natural next step in a book’s life is with a relative or friend. If you loved a book but no longer have use for it, it only makes sense to share it with someone close to you. Even if you didn’t love a book, who’s to say your daughter, sister, or dad wouldn’t love it? It’s easy to offer new reading material to friends and family you see often.


Schools love used books, particularly children’s books. Books are educational and help children learn to read, find pictures, and so much more. When your child has outgrown their books, consider donating them to their school so that the next generation can continue learning and loving reading.


Did you know that many libraries sell books as fundraisers? These fundraisers help keep libraries in working condition, and you could play a role in that by simply donating your books. As libraries allow guests to check out books for free, this is a lovely way to give back. 


This one may shock people, but prisons accept used books! In most cases, they must be paperback and shouldn’t talk about or depict anything graphic. Many prisoners take advantage of the library before they are released; this helps them get their reading and vocabulary skills higher and helps them stay up-to-date with current events or trends. 

Thrift Stores

Most thrift stores accept much more than clothes. Many thrift stores would love to offer reduced-priced books to those in need. This is a great way to give back to your local community and allow others to have the same opportunities that you did.

Books can do so much for people, and reading the right book at the right time can change someone’s life. When donating old books, keep this in mind! You can help turn someone’s life around or give them the push they didn’t even know they needed. When you receive (at least) two new books each month, we know they can start to add up (which is not a bad thing!). But, when your bookshelf has reached its limit, or you’ve found a new favorite genre, it may be time to purge a bit. Donating slightly used books can help those around you in many ways. Keep that in mind next time you go to clean out your bookshelf.