Where to donate books when moving

Wondering where to donate books when moving? We all know that when moving, having to lift heavy boxes of books is not fun at all. There heavy, take up space and when it is all said and done they will most likely just gather up dust in your nice new home. With this in mind we have put together a list of great organizations and charities that will really put your old books to good use. Donating your old unwanted books will help to save in moving costs, and you will feel great about putting your books in the hands of those who will love them.

Where to donate books when moving

Project Night Night

Each year, Project Night Night sends over 25,000 “Night Night Packages” to homeless children. These packages really do make a difference in children’s lives. They not only accept book donations but also donations of blankets, toys and money. Check them out at projectnightnight

Books for prisoners

Books for Prisoners is a non-profit student organization based at the University of California, San Diego.  Individual inmates write to the organization, often requesting specific books, dictionaries, and textbooks for their studies. Books for Prisoners, in turn, sends the requested materials in the hopes of furthering their education and helping to turn their lives around. Education is key to a better life for inmates, and you can help make their goals a reality by donating your used books.

Books for soldiers

Books for soldiers is a non-profit corporation, operated as a ministry of the non-denominational, interfaith Order of the Red Grail church in North Carolina. They make it super easy to send your unwanted books to soldiers all over the world. Every month they ship thousands of books, dvd’s and cd’s to those in need



Books for Africa

Books For Africa remains the largest shipper of donated text and library books to the African continent, shipping over 39 million books to 49 different countries since 1988.  Over the past 12 months they have shipped three million books, 93 computers and e-readers containing 223,000 digital books, as well as 10 new law and human rights libraries to 18 African countries. More than $2.5 million was raised last year to ship the books to the students of Africa. To learn more about groups currently fundraising to ship books to specific African countries, view the Projects page

The Salvation Arm

where to donate books when moving

The Salvation Army accepts used goods donations, including hardback and paperback books. The donations go to stock the Salvation Army store, or to provide reading materials for Salvation Army’s homeless shelters. You can find drop-off locations in your community on the Salvation Army website.

Children’s Book Project

where to donate books when moving

The Children’s Book Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that helps children who need books learn to read by providing free books and other resources to children and their shelters, schools, daycares, and community centers. They are based in San Francisco and you can visit their website at The Children’s Book Project

Your local library

where to donate books when moving

Most libraries have a Friends of the Library Society. These societies hold book sales and other fundraisers to benefit the libraries. The groups use donated books to stock library shelves or resell the books at fundraising events. Typically, library societies accept like-new and gently used book donations.​​ You can find your local library by visiting here.

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April 24, 2018

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