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.

UK

Website

Contact

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.

UK

Website

Email

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.

UK

Website

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

 

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


  1. gerald conyngham says:

    i have lots of books on management development, team working and working with organisations, is anyone interested?
    gerald conyngham
    geraldconyngham@yahoo.co.uk

  2. Harun iftci says:

    We are setting up a library in a secondary school in Burdur in Turkey and need useable secondhand and new books in all subjects. The school also serves as a hub for local primary schools and rural secondary schools, so books suitable for 4 to 18 year olds, textbooks, reading books, and general interest /reference books all welcome. Please get in touch if you can help You can contact with me with my mail address:nart_78@hotmail.com

  3. sandra says:

    @Harun where are you based? I have lots of books which would be suitable

  4. Maggie Middlemiss says:

    I used to be a teacher and currently wish to clear out my garage by getting rid of old books, ring binders, folders, polypockets. Where can I take them?

    • michael says:

      Im a design student in london and am currently making a table out of hard back books. I need around 400 of them within the next few weeks. Anyone have any ideas?

      • Karen says:

        Hi, Did you find your books? If not, I’ve got loads. All you need to do is collect them (I’m in SW Herts).

      • Maddie says:

        I have some hard back books I can give you. Im in Kent.

  5. AJ says:

    Schools for Africa need admin. / filing materials apparently:
    http://www.school-aid.org/help/donate-equipment/items-we-collect

  6. Evelyn Coker says:

    We are setting up a library in a primary school in Tombo in Freetown Peninsula, Sierra Leone and we need useable secondhand and new books in all subjects. The school also serves as a hub for local primary schools and rural secondary schools, so books suitable for 4 to 18 year olds, textbooks, reading books, and general interest /reference books all welcome. Please get in touch if you can help you can contact with me with my mail address: evelyncokeruk@yahoo.co.uk

  7. Special Treasures Foundation is a small charity currently helping needy children and families in Uganda through our FEED project. We are in the process of building the village’s first library which will accommodate 2 local schools housing over 2500 children. We are currently sourcing useable second hand and new text, reading & reference books in all subjects to furnish the library and would like your help. We are based in Hayes, Middlesex. Contact Annette at foundation@specialtreasures.co.uk or visit our site at http://www.specialtreasures.co.uk
    Kind regards,

  8. Gary McGregor says:

    I’m a volunteer with a local charity shop which is run solely be ladies and they have raised a tremendous amount of money in our local area. Part of the funding they received was a collection of excess books which were uplifted and they received money from a charitable organisation. This was stopped a few weeks ago and not only have they lost the steady money coming in but we now have a lot of books which we can’t do anything with. Does anyone know of an organisation who may uplift books for cash in the Aberdeenshire / Moray area.
    Many thanks

  9. Allison Connor says:

    I have a lot of books mainly James Patterson and Wilbur Smith, many are hard backs. If anyone is interested in them FOC please get in touch. Crewe, Cheshire area. I can be contacted at allyc67@sky.com

  10. SERVE (Society for Enlightenment and Reorganization of the Village Ends) is an NPO/NGO working with the slum people nd the low caste communities and so called untouchable communities and has a network of other NGOS working in the same field. Your donation of books on development, community organisation, health related, children books, dictionaries etc would be great help Kindly send them to the following address. we also have churches and a network of pastors who work in the poor churches who require bible, bible commentaries and bible dictionaries. Kindly help us. thanks.
    Dr.Victor Luther Paul Nakka,
    Director & Chairperson, SERVE.
    D.No:6-201. Thriveni Nagar, Balapur Cross Roads, Meer Pet Post, Hyderabad – 500079, India.
    E.Mail. victornakka@gmail.com
    http://www.serveslumshyderabad.org
    Tel. 0091-0-9440443830. -

  11. Jill Coetzee says:

    I have boxes of school textbooks which are mostly in good condition but the school now uses new additions. Is there is a school in South Africa that can make use of these.

    Contact me on jill@swindon.co.za

  12. Marie says:

    Hello, I am having a clear-out and have a lot of paper-backs to give away. I am in west London, please contact me if you are interested for collection. Kind regards, Marie

  13. Suzanne says:

    Hello . I wish to donate approx 60 books , various , all in good condition . Not used as much as they should have been !!!
    Please help ! Thank you

  14. Catherine Belton says:

    we have a load of children’s and adult books to get rid off, please e-mail me if you want them Bristol BS14 area

  15. SylviaJarrett says:

    I have 2 large bags of good quality children’s toys to donate also several boxes of children’s/adults books if anyone wants to collect from Sevenoaks Kent area. 01732-762636

  16. Dave Howard says:

    We are looking to create a book bank in the centre of Derby, for the low waged and unemployed. This is a new start up venture so all usable donations will be gratefully received. The aim is to build up an extensive library, reading books, and general interest /reference books all welcome. If you wish to help this new venture in your city please leave a post. I will endeavour to answer your replies as soon as possible many thanks!.

    • Dave Howard says:

      Just a footnote on the Book Bank venture we are now opening it to the whole community of Derby and are also looking for bookcases also.

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  18. Cate Tumman says:

    I have a huge number of books of all reading level.
    Fiction, non-fiction and text books.
    I am based at in a school in Nottingham, would anyone like them.



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