Donate Books

PLEASE NOTE: Due to space limitations, we are only accepting book donations in specific subject areas. Check our Twitter or Facebook or send us an email to find out what types of books we currently need.

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 Do not donate out-of-date or obscure texts.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 usually cannot make book pickups. It is ideal to drop off book donations at our space in Red Hook. However, if you have many books from the categories listed below and cannot drop them off, email us to inquire about possible pickup or shipping method.
  • 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.
  • As a volunteer-run group, we are working with extremely limited resources and space, and donations we cannot use are cumbersome.

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  • Outdated books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:

  • Freebird Books, 123 Columbia St, Brooklyn, NY (Please don’t send mail or parcels to this address.)


You can drop off books during our volunteer sessions in the basement of Freebird (before coming, you should always check the calendar to make sure we are there that day):

  • Mondays from 7:30 pm-9:30 pm 
  • select Wednesdays from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
  • Sundays from 2:00 pm-5:00 pm 

Alternatively, Freebird is usually open from 11:30 am-7:30 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, and so you can drop off  books during those times.