Recycling for Charity: old and unwanted books

This page lists charities and other organisations collecting old and unwanted books.

If any details are incorrect or you know of any other groups collecting them, please leave a comment below and I’ll update the listings.

Who Why Country Contact details
READ International

The charity collects old textbooks from schools via its 45 Book Projects across the UK and sends them out to East Africa. Books not suitable for sending will either be sold to raise money or recycled – no books go to landfill.




Community H.E.A.R.T.

The campaign’s aim is to set up school libraries in South Africa so children will have access to books they enjoy reading: story books, novels, information books, the sort of book you would give a child or young person for their birthday or their Christmas.

They ask for 10p with each book too, to help with shipping costs.




Read their guidelines to see the type of books they’re collecting

British Heart Foundation

The BHF have specialist music and book stores throughout the country, which can make the most of specialist or obscure books.



Or take donations directly to the shops in Brighton, Harrogate, Chelthenham, Clifton, Reading or Streatham


291 Responses to “Recycling for Charity: old and unwanted books”

  1. Justine Rose says:

    If you live in East London Stratford train Station has a book swap. The shelves are located in the main tunnel, near the stairs to Platform 5 and next to the Kiosk. Any kind of books gratefully received, especially those in languages other than English. You can leave 1 book, or lots of books, on your way through the station.
    East Village (former Olympic Athletes Village) E20 has a Little Free Library. This is located in Victory Park on the side closest to Westfield.

  2. Francisca Bonnah says:

    I am a Ghanaian living in Kumasi. I am looking for Old books, second hand clothing for charity.
    Please, assist me.

  3. nanaz says:

    I have some science snd medical uni books as well as school reading books and gen er ral knowledge based on London nw

  4. Fatima says:

    I would like to have french books for my community in Africa ifyou have any.

    • Marion says:

      I have plenty of French book for adults (thrillers) to give away. Are you interested?
      Thank you

      • Claudine says:

        Yes, I am collecting French books to send Africa (French colony). Please do contact me on this email.

        Claudine Barrington-cook

    • Greg Barber says:

      Hi Fatima, Are you still looking for French books? I have a full box of French books, mainly for children and classic adult literature.
      Let me know if you want them.
      Greg Barber

  5. Linda Wenzel says:

    We need children’s ballet books for our literacy and ballet project in Gambia, West Africa.

  6. Rosemary Pollock says:

    I have a great many second hand books. Donated for a village library, at least 100 are bow unwanted. Many (though not all) are still in reasonable condition.

    (email me at

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  8. Anonymous says:

    I work in a boys grammar school in Gloucestershire and we have GCSE/A level maths and history text books that we no longer require.
    Would anyone be interested in having them, for free? They would have to be collected as there are lots of them!

  9. Rachel McGarrigal says:

    Hi – I am helping my mum give away a huge collection of books that she has collected over the years. Many of them are leather bound sets of novels by authors such as DH Lawrence, Somerset Maughan, Dickens, etc. Are these of interest to anyone?

    Please let me know. Also – I would rather not pay a huge amount to ship/dispatch anywhere if possible.

    Kind regards


    • Linda says:

      Dear Rachel

      I do lots of work with various charities and community group so would
      be interested.
      I’m based in London and could collect if you are in the London area.

      Whereabours are you based?




      • Wendy Shirlow says:

        Hello Linda

        l’ve got around 50-90 various fictional books purchased from Waterstones all in pretty good condition. l am based in Belfast please let me know if you would have any interest as l would be happy to donate these to your reading group.

        regards Wendy

      • Anonymous says:

        I,too, have lots of unwanted books after a de-cluttering exercise. ( novels, science, photography etc. ! ) I live in Lewisham and could deliver to London area. Interested?
        Email address :


  10. Teresa Collingwood says:

    I am an EFL teacher who wants to donate second hand text books both old and current. Suitable for adults or teenagers. Only one ot two copies of each book available, so not enough for classroom teaching. Please contact me by email. I live in Harrow, NW London.

    • Neka says:

      Hi Teresa, do you still have the books? I would be interested in collecting them to send to west Africa.

      Look forward to your response.


      • Billy says:

        Hello, I have a number of information books.
        I live in Wolverhampton, West Midlands.
        I would be happy to donate them all for Africa.
        Please let me know if you are interested.

  11. Jane Ace says:

    Petersfield Youth Theatre (reg. charity no1069673) are putting on a production of ‘Candide’ in mid September 2016. The set is based around Voltaire’s study, and we are looking for literally thousands of hard back books that would otherwise be trashed or recycled. Can anyone help? We can collect in Hampshire, West sussex, Surrey area.

  12. claire says:

    We have some science text books free to however can collect

  13. Neka says:

    Hi Teresa, do you still have the books? I would be interested in collecting them to send to west Africa.

    Look forward to your response.


    • Sarah Phillips says:

      Hi Neka

      Like Teresa, I am an ELT author – in may case I write books for primary aged children. I have quite a few text books that I would like to donate as well as some non-fiction books. Would they be useful to you?

      Really hope so!


    • Sarah Phillips says:

      And I meant to say that I would be happy to help with the transport costs.


  14. barbara says:

    I have 2 Air Conditioning Training Manuals, would anyone be interested?:
    Too good to just throw away, have tried on ebay but no luck, they have no isbn numbers so a lot of book websites are not interested.
    I have photos if anyone is interested.

  15. Mrs Maurin says:

    I have a selection of novels (modern fiction) to give away. They are mostly paperbacks. Any ideas how I can get them to a useful place?

  16. Paula Spalding says:

    We have old library books, covering a range of subjects, including fiction, factual books; old careers books also.

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  18. Caron Brown says:

    have class size quantities of various Science text books that we no longer use – KS3 and KS4. If anyone can collect and make use of them please let me know.

  19. che says:

    (used books/second hand books) will do thank u

  20. Kweya says:

    Yes i realy need them how can i contact you

  21. PS any books on phonics and remedial English and maths (emphasis on remedial) also very very welcome

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