Where and how can we donate books that we no longer want

Probably if you are an inveterate reader, books have accumulated at home and you no longer know what to do with them. You don’t have space, and you can’t keep them all, but you don’t want to throw them away either. Where can you donate them? You have probably considered it on occasion. Today there are several possibilities, both through libraries, bookstores, non-profit associations or even web pages.


In the case of municipal libraries the procedure can be somewhat complicated, as sometimes not all of them accept just any copy. It is recommended that you come closer and ask how to manage the donation. In most of them they will ask you that you provide a list Through an email or physically, to make a prior assessment of whether or not they are interested in the volumes. Once they have studied them, they will contact you to indicate which ones they accept. The only downside is that you have to take the books to the center yourself, so if there are many, you should take into account what transferring them is going to mean.


Another option is to go to an NGO that collects these types of items. In this case, you will have to make sure that they are organizations with educational projects in which they need these materials. It also happens that some of them carry out specific campaigns from time to time for this purpose, demanding school supplies on many occasions.

In this sense, for example, the work of the Melior Foundation stands out (@librosmelior), who are dedicated to sell second hand books They receive from private donations or organizations, and with the income obtained they finance various projects. These are usually used for the delivery of textbooks and school supplies to families with few economic resources.

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Something similar to do the Aida Books & More bookstore (@aidabooks) which also sells donated books and with whose profits they launch developments they have in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.

Another initiative is that of Tuuulibredia (@Yourlibrary), a non-profit cultural association that aims to facilitate access to reading. With donations they can perform different actions, but their main objectives are to give access to quality books at an affordable price, create libraries in schools and open new bookstores in different cities.

Markets and exchange

You can also find out about solidarity markets where to offer your literary works or even citizen initiatives in which the exchange of these types of items. You leave a book that you no longer want and in exchange you can get another one at no cost, it is what is called bookcrossing.