If you’ve got a growing pile of books that need a new home, here’s how you can donate them to libraries, schools and children’s back-pack programs.
Several Kansas City area libraries and non-profit organizations will accept new and gently-used book donations. Friends of the Library groups resell donated books and out-of-circulation library books at pop-up sales to generate funds for the libraries. Other organizations donate them directly to school libraries, churches and youth reading programs.
- Kansas City Public Library accepts up to two boxes of books at the circulation desk at their branch locations. If you have more, contact Tom Platt at [email protected] or 816-529-5884.
- Johnson County Library accepts books from 9 – 11 a.m. on Saturdays at the Friends of the Library Headquarters, 8279 Melrose Drive, Overland Park, KS. Small donations are also accepted at some library branches. Get details at Friends of Johnson County Library.
- Book Drive KC offers free book pick-up service for those larger donations. Books are donated to local schools, churches and youth groups.
- Hands to Hearts collects new and gently-used children’s books to send home with school children in back-pack programs and donate to school libraries.
To donate outside the Kansas City area, check your local library or the American Library Association list.
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