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Where you can donate your used books.

Donations

Are your book shelves over flowing?  Are the books slowly taking over your home?  If so you might be looking to donate some of your collection.  While the library does accept book donations, there are some rules that we ask you to follow.

Here are the guidelines:

  • You can only donate 1 or 2 SMALL bags (ie grocery bags) at a time
  • All items must be in good to excellent condition
  • All items must have been published in the last 5 years
  • The following items are NOT accepted:
    • Magazines (including National Geographic)
    • Encyclopedias
    • Reader's Digest Condensed books
    • Smelly, water damaged, ripped, torn, written in, or cover-less books
    • VHS tapes (especially homemade)
  • We will take CDs and DVDs but they must be in their cases and not home made
  • Text books are welcome but they MUST be recently published

 

Now, there are times when we will not be able to take donations.  In that case, please see below for other places that can accept your donations.

Operation Paperback

Operation Paperback is a way for you to send used books (preferably paperbacks) to troops over seas as well as veterans and military families at home.  You must register at their site: www.operationpaperback.org, to get started but registration is free.  They will have you input what genres you have available and they will send you a list of people who need books.  You pick who you want to send the titles to, box up the books, add the site's letter (or one of your own), and ship them out.  Simple.

Books For Soldiers

Books For Soldiers allows you to send books, and other items, directly to troops over seas.  In order to view addresses and needs, you must register at their site: www.booksforsoldiers.com, registration is free.  After registration you will be able to access their requests and supply what you can, box the items, and ship them out.  There is also an option for you to become a Pen Pal or join the Post Card Jamboree. 

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army has been around for a long time and they will accept almost everything, including hardcovers and paperbacks.  Items that you donate will either go to the Salvation Army's stores or to one of their homeless shelters.  You can donate either by bringing your items to a drop off center (locally either 440 West Nyack Rd, West Nyack or 201 Lafayette Ave, Suffern) or by going to their site: www.satruck.org, to schedule a pick up.

Books to Prisoners

Books to Prisoners is a nonprofit organization that sends books into different prisons in the US.  They believe in fostering a love of reading of those in prison to "foster a love of reading behind bars, encourage the pursuit of knowledge and self-empowerment, and break the cycle of recidivism."  Programs like this though generally have a strict list of acceptable books so your best bet is to check their site: www.bookstoprisoners.net, to see what you can send.  If you have something to contribute, you can email them for more information. 

Pick Up Please

Pickup Please is a donation site associated with the Vietnam Veterans of America.  They accept donations of all sorts, just check their site: www.pickupplease.org, to check what their regulations are.  As for books, they accept pretty much everything.  The bonus with using this place is that they will pick up your donations right from your front door.  All you have to do is box them, make sure they are marked clearly as donations, and leave them at your door.  If requested, they will also send a tax deduction document directly to your email.  Just click on the link above and schedule your pickup!

Goodwill

Goodwill is another long standing donation site and they will generally accept any gently used items to be sold within their many stores.  If you go to their website: www.goodwillnynj.org, you will see how you can donate items and what items they will and will not accept.  The closest site to us to donate is their store at 130 West Route 59, Nanuet. 

Books Through Bars NYC

Books Through Bars - NYC is a volunteer organization that supplies books to prisoners in New York as well as a few other states (although the emphasis is on New York).  As with other prisoner donations, they are looking for specific genres so please check out their site: www.booksthroughbarsnyc.org, to check what you can send as well as where you can mail or drop off your donations.

Books For Africa

Books For Africa is a non-profit organization that sends donated books to Africa in order to promote education in poverty stricken areas.  As the writing of this guide, they have shipped over 41 million books to all 54 countries on the African continent as well as sent electronics and raised funds.  You can access their site: www.booksforafrica.org to learn how and where to ship your donations (unfortunately drop off sites are only in MN and GA).

Suggestions

If you are aware of any other places or sites that accept donations, please let us know.  Similarly, if you find that a site listed is no longer accepting donations, let us know.  Just email jgomez@rcls.org and we will look into the information.  Thank you.

Update

This page was last updated, January 2020.