Donate Books

We appreciate all inquiries to donate books. However, due to our limited space and resources, there are several guidelines we ask you to follow.

  • We do not accept hardcover books. Most prisons do not allow them, and they are expensive to mail.
  • Please review the topics we are in need of (listed below). Do not donate out-of-date or obscure texts. We are currently overloaded with foreign language books, literature anthologies, writing textbooks, plays, poetry, and specialized humanities texts.
  • We cannot accept books with underlining/notes or books that are heavily worn.
  • We cannot make book pickups. Please drop off book donations at our space in Red Hook.
  • Our most requested items are English dictionaries, Spanish/English dictionaries, and thesauruses.
  • For book drives, we cannot accept more than 5 medium-size boxes of books at one time

We would love to receive PAPERBACK books in good condition on the following topics:

  • African-American history, especially 20th century
  • Native-American history
  • Latin-American history
  • Social sciences
  • How-to (drawing, origami, chess, knitting, sign language…)
  • Mayan and Aztec history
  • Memoirs and fiction by people of color
  • Mythology
  • Dictionaries, thesauruses, GED studies, atlases
  • Language studies
  • Sudoko/puzzles
  • Guides to starting a business
  • Yoga and pilates guides
  • Mass-market mysteries, thrillers, sci-fi

Other than these topics, we will accept books on a case-by-case basis. If you have questions about donations, please send us an email.

Also, check out our BookMooch wishlist for a list of the specifics books we need the most.


  • Hardcover books
  • Encyclopedias
  • Religious texts (INCLUDING BIBLES)
  • Old magazines
  • White supremacist literature
  • Books advocating racial animosity, sexism, or homophobia
  • Computer books
  • Erotica
  • Books with notes or underlining
  • Heavily worn books
  • Outdated books


Please drop off donations at our packing site:

Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to accept books through the mail.


You can drop off books during the following times:

  • Monday from 7:30 pm-9:30 pm (bring to our basement packing space)
  • Sundays from 2:00 pm-5:00 pm (bring to our basement packing space)
  • Saturdays/Sundays from 11:00 am-8:00 pm (leave at Freebird)