Where do you donate your books? If you're a voracious reader (and we know you are!), you have many books you have read, and no longer wish to keep, but want to help find a new home. We asked our Twitter friends where they donated, and they offered up some terrific suggestions.
Before you donate, make sure you call your destination and confirm they accept book donations—a few librarians in our feed said their libraries can't process donations any longer, so their libraries don't take used books from patrons.
Here is where people suggested; feel free to add your thoughts in comments:
- Your friends who also read voraciously.
- Trading in at your local used bookstore
- BooksFor Soldiers, which sends books and other needed items to soldiers
- Freecycle, a grassroots movement that encourages people to share what you have for free, and share what others no longer want
- American Library Association has an entire page dedicated to where to send books for donation.
- Vietnam Veterans of America will pick your book donation up for free, and you can book the transaction online.
- National Coalition for the Homeless has links to find your local homeless shelter, and books are always wanted.
- The Little Free Library is, “in its most basic form, a...box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share.”
- PrisonBookProgram, where there are lists of what prison book programs are in your area
- Women's Prison Book Project, which is obviously focused on female prisoners' needs, and so your romance books might be of more interest. You can mail the books to the center and they will distribute (take note of instructions for mailing large donations).
- Goodwill and other non-profit centers
- Local chemotherapy and oncology centers, since a few responders said that treatment often takes awhile, and there is very little selection of reading material.
- Retirement homes