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Added Nov 15 2017

Does any organization or individual take books as a donation anymore? or should they just be thrown in the recycle bin for garbage collection?

  • Anita W. in Wrigleyville 30-year resident

    I have a Little Free Library on Addison at Magnolia through which I have dispersed several hundred books since starting up in May. You are welcome to drop books off there or ring the bell. Pretty much anything except textbooks is welcome. There's a lot of foot traffic so there's a big turnover--I hate to think of books ending up in the landfill.

  • NRB

    There is also a Little Free Library and Buena and Marine Drive. We are happy to take in your books. Don't throw them out.

  • PB

    You can also donate them to the Salvation Army on Clybourn just south of Fullerton.

  • lin ravenswood downsizer

    Books for women in prison

  • Another Little Free Library in SE Lakeview - on the Lakefront path by Bacino's and the Diversey Driving Range! Thank you for passing books on!

  • There is a Little Free Library on Kenmore near Montrose. There is also a Salvation Army on Sheridan, by the Jewel. Thanks for thinking of donating before tossing out!

  • There's another on the Sheridan Rd. side of Buttercup Park; it was empty this weekend, so if that's still true, there is room for books.

  • Clayton Residential Home accepts book donations. It is locate at 2026 N Clark St.

  • Melannie Bookworm

    If you have hundreds to donate, some public libraries take donated books to sell. donated a huge collection over time to the Wilmette Public Library and Books for Women in Prison.

  • Newberry Library picks up book donations all year for their huge sale every summer.

  • You could also try selling them to Half Priced Books up on Touhy.

  • I second the idea of OpenBooks. They sell the books in their bookstores and online. Any money they make goes to support their literacy programs for kids. It is a worthy cause and organization.

  • Julie Bean heavy coffee drinker

    Jones College Prep High School
    700 South State

    They collect books during the month of May to sell at the Printer's Row book fair. Proceeds benefit the Jones school library.

  • Books 4 Cause is great and will pick up at your door if you have more than a few books.

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  • Teachers are always looking for very specific books, not your trash. We already have plenty on our plate without fielding worthless heavy books from well-intending strangers.

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  • maybe you wouldn't have so much on your plate if you weren't a jerk to those trying to help you. simmer down, lesko

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