Book Donation Database – Services in the United States

Summary: Here’s a list of book donation pickup services in the U.S. by city. Book donation pickup services are run by organizations, as a way to help raise money and find good homes for books. This is usually a cause marketing effort or charity thrift store that re-sells the books and uses the profits to fund a cause. Yet many books still go in the trash for lack of a better home.

Here is a database of places to donate books.

Atlanta

Website Name Description
Name American Kidney Services American Kidney Services uses book donations as a way to generate revenue through selling the books. Residents of Atlanta, Tucker, Woodstock, Kennesaw, and surrounding areas can scan their packed book shelves for donations and use the above link to schedule a pickup. Also in Columbus, Ohio.

Gainesville, GA Next Chapter Bookstore picks books up and helps those with disabilities to reach their maximum opportunity for independence.

Boston – More Than Words operates a donation warehouse in Waltham and offering services to all of Eastern Massachusetts and beyond, according to their site.

Chicago Open-Books offers curb side pickup and several donation drop-off points on the North and South side.  They have a very robust in-store retail operation, putting the books to good use. My aunt used their service and said it was outstanding.

Books-4-Cause offers free book pickups with a minimum value of $25 and supports sending books to Africa. About 13% of books are sold to pay for operations. Great site and several innovative options.

Dallas Leukemia Texas offers free book donation collection and have a cool way of using the books. Instead of selling them, the donations are sold in bulk to local thrift stores with proceeds going to patient aid and research programs. 

AMVETS pickup books and other household items in its effort to better connect veterans with services. They serve Dallas and Fort Worth.

Denver – Book Driver of, course! Give us a call as we have the fastest free book donation service in the world!

The VVA is good too, but takes a couple of weeks.

Los Angeles – Hope Pickup offers book donation pickup as part of it’s Teen Challenge program. It is the mission of Teen Challenge to provide men and women an effective and comprehensive faith-based solution to drug and alcohol addiction as well as other life-controlling problems.

Portland, Ore. – Givsmart runs a book donation service in Portland and also Washington. They have a different spin, allowing donors control over aspects of where the revenue actually goes. It also seems like they are focusing on bearing the costly part of book donations (picking them up, sorting them, selling them) and allowing non-profits to mainly collect money and work on their mission. Keep it up Givsmart!

San Diego – DonateBooksSanDiego gives books to children with special needs, as well as to raise funds.  Books, CD’s, DVD’s, video games and small household items are welcome.  The website supports Special Heroes and they also have donation drop-off locations.

San Francisco – Friends of the SF Library recycle over 600,000 books each year, keeping them in the hands of readers and out of landfills, saving nearly 50 tons of paper and 250 tons of green house gas emissions.

Washington, DC. – Books for America serves the immediate Washington, D.C. metro area. Pickups are available if you have at least 50 media items (books, CDs, or movies).