Books We Want

We welcome donations of lightly used or new books that we provide to children via field trips to our facility.  Please follow the guidelines below for books we can and cannot accept so that we can make good use of your donated books and not waste valuable volunteer time processing books that we cannot use. Please keep in mind that our books go to children, so they need to be appealing and relevant. The value of your donation is tax deductible.

You may drop off books during our open hours. Do not ship books to our physical or mailing address.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have more than 3 boxes of books to donate, please arrange a time with us (email so that we can ensure that we have enough volunteers to process your books.  Also, please be prepared to transport books into our facility.  We have carts available to use but cannot be responsible for moving boxes ourselves.  As an all-volunteer organization, we do not have the staffing to unload and transport your books.  Thank you for your understanding.  

If you have any other questions about book donations, please email

Photo of popular books for kids donated to The Book Exchange in San Rafael, CA

We are always happy to receive:

  • Grades Pre-K through 12 fiction: children/teen reading & classical literature. This includes early childhood board books, picture books and storybooks, beginning/easy readers, chapter books, early teen and teen novels.
  • Grades Pre-K through 12 non-fiction – must be relevant and current.
  • Children’s dictionaries & children’s atlases published within the last 7 years.
  • High school, college and graduate-level texts published within the last 5 years and in extremely good or excellent condition (we sell these to help fund our project).
  • Grades 1-8 Textbooks published 2020 or later in very good condition.
  • Test prep books (medical, SAT, law school, etc.) (we sell these to help fund our project.
  • if you think you have other books that we might want, please email Do not bring other books to our facility without emailing first.

Sorry we cannot accept:

  • Books for which adults are the intended reading audience.
  • Textbooks other than those listed above.
  • Teacher resources, workbooks, binders, with or without learning resources inside.
  • Books in poor condition (examples include mildewed, dirty, wet, ripped, bent, folded, written in and missing covers or pages).

PLEASE NOTE:  When you arrive, someone will check to be sure that your books and materials meet the criteria listed above and are in good to excellent condition.   This is to ensure that we can make good use of your generous donation. 

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