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


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

  1. Barry says:

    We run a charity book project, selling books on Amazon. We get donated books and assess whether they are worth selling and then list if valuable enough (Usually £2 and above). However we have a huge surplus of books, many quite new but going for 1p on Amazon.

    Are there any book recycling projects in the Prestwich area that would like to set up a weekly donation from us?


  2. Thomas Dosoo says:

    I fell in love with reading not long ago, and would love to change my community by establishing a free reading place in my community, to help both old and young to discover the knowledge hidden in books. I will like to know how I can get some books. I am in Ghana, West Africa. If I need to pay anything or how to go about this. Thank you!

  3. elaine says:

    I am a teacher of French and German. My school decided to stop teaching German and wanted to simply throw out all of the books!! I was horrified and have stored them at my home but now need the space. I have teacher guides and resource and assessment guides for Logo 1-4, Metro 1-3, a level books and a range of other text books which I have kept for resources. I have now retired from full time teaching and do not need so many resources for my parttime supply work. Has anyone got an ideas for donating these books to good homes or at least prevent them from simply being taken to the tip????

    • Emma Kay says:

      Hi Elaine,
      I wonder whether you still have those books. I hope you do!
      I am not sure, but there is perhaps a possibility that my daughter in law would be able to use them. (or at least part of them)
      Could you let me know by email where you are?
      Thanks and kind regards, Emm :)

  4. One more I would like to add to your list: One Million Words Asia Literacy Organization.
    A new non-profit volunteer organization that provides textbooks and readers to rural and remote, impoverished parts of Asia.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I am a motswana ( Citizen of Botswana)and would like to start a book,exercice books business in my country. How can you help me learn and start recycling

  6. Sylvester Otiato says:

    Dear Sir/Madam

    I work as a Wellness Champion-Volunteer in the Northern Part of Kenya (Lokichoggio- Turkana West to be precise) an we want to establish a library for the locals (Turkanas). We have got a few books to start with, but we are in dire need of more. Is there any way we can get some?

    Any assistance shall be highly appreciated.

  7. Vanessa Barry says:

    Hi there, I am sorting out my school Library and need to recycle old fiction books that are really old but still in good condition. If you are interested pls email me. Hilillingdon area.

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  10. che says:

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

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