Like many Apartment Therapy readers, I love books. I find myself clicking on book-themed posts, drooling over stylish libraries, and stocking up on design classics. But library card or not, for many book lovers, eventually the piles add up and it's time to donate a few.I know many people want to donate books or have a pile set aside, but aren't sure where to begin. Even if you're hoping to sell your used books, you might find yourself with a stack the store didn't want. Of course, any books you hope to donate need to be in good condition — no one wants to read a musty, moldy book or one with missing pages. You should also call ahead to check the type of books accepted and to make sure their needs match what you hope to donate.
Here are 12 places to consider when your book collection gets unwieldy:
Homeless Shelters: Local homeless shelters are often in need of donated books. Women's shelters especially need children's books.
Prisons: Prisons often seek books for literacy programs and for the prison library.
Libraries: Libraries across the country are in need of gently used books. Many make it easy to donate by holding frequent book drives. For example,
Kathleen is a freelance editor who lives in Chicago. She loves eclectic rooms, traveling with her family, and feeding anyone who steps foot in her house. She theoretically hates clutter, but can’t stop buying books and craft supplies.
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