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

 

255 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?

    Thanks

  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????

  4. che says:

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



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