My book donations have always gone to the library. Every year, I’d do a quick check to see if the donation box was out yet, and I’d call in, ask what they needed, and drop off a bag of books. I’m fortunate enough to have access to a well-funded library – one that is even willing to request books my region doesn't have from other places in the state, but I understand that many libraries aren’t funded or managed well enough to do that.
As writers, we tend to have a lot of books, especially those of us fortunate enough to be able to spend on them. If you’re here, then reading has probably made some sort of difference in your life, and there are many ways to use your gently used books to pass that on to someone who may not have access to those books otherwise.
Fair warning, a lot of these charities deliver books across different parts of America, or the world, and there’s a good chance finding a place to drop them off or paying for shipping could be a barrier, too.
A friendly reminder, also: don’t show up anywhere with a giant box of books! Always call in and make sure your books are what they need in good condition.
Organizations You Can Mail To
Organizations With Dropboxes
Being American, I have a better idea of American charities (I’ve included those I may donate to this season), but I’ve tried my best to include reputable charities from other parts of the world as well.
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