Options abound if you’re looking to donate books in the Blacksburg and Roanoke area, and here we’ve put together a list of the literacy nonprofits and libraries who will accept your books, providing you with all the information on where and how to donate!

Note: We prioritize organizations that dedicate time and resources to aiding literacy in their local communities.


TAP Into Hope

Donation Type: Drop off in book bin
24/7 Locations:

– TAP Roanoke Headquarters; 302 2nd St SW, Roanoke, VA 24001
– Westhampton Christian Church; 2515 Grandin Rd SW, Roanoke, VA 24015
– Growing Years Daycare; 2102 Hardy Rd, Vinton, VA 24179
– Bank of the James; 2101 Electric Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018
– Bank of Botetourt; 3130 Peters Creek Rd, Roanoke, VA 24019
Type of Books Accepted: Any kind
Type of Books Generally Not Accepted: Magazines and encyclopedias, unless valuable
Website: TAP Into Hope

How to Donate

The TAP 24/7 book bins are conveniently located in the parking lots of the above locations, as well as a book bin at their headquarters in Roanoke.

If you have a particularly large donation that may not fit in a book bin, please reach out to them at books@tapintohope.org

Why We Love TAP Into Hope

Their programs work to support everyone from young children to high schoolers, and adults. Helping them overcome difficulties and setting them up for success, ‘Total Action for Progress’, as they’re known, relies on book donations to both create jobs, and give low-income families access to literature that they may not be able to get themselves.

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The TAP Into Hope book squad at work!

Roanoke County Public Library Friends

Donation Type: Drop off
Locations:

– Bent Mountain Library
– Glenvar Library
– Hollins Library
– Mt. Pleasant Library
– South County Library
– Vinton Library
Hours: Find branch-specific hours on their website here
Type of Books Accepted: Children’s books and grown-up books

How to Donate

Check the hours of your local library, and just bring your books to the front desk. A donation receipt is given if requested.

Why We Love Roanoke County Public Library

Their WoW! Bookmobile (Words on Wheels) is a really cool way to bring books to all parts of the county, and relies on book donations to fund and stock its service. From the looks of things, kids absolutely love visiting this Bookmobile!

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The WOW! Bookmobile in action

Velocity of Books

Donation Type: Drop off (arrange a time)
Location:
501 Porter Street, Blacksburg, VA 20460
Hours: Email them to arrange a drop off
Type of Books Accepted: Children’s books and grown-up books
Type of Books Not Accepted: Magazines, encyclopedias, textbooks
Website: Velocity of Books

How to Donate

Please email them before dropping off your books as the drop off address may be different to the one we have on file: DonateToVelocityofBooks@gmail.com

Why We Love Velocity of Books

This nonprofit has distributed over 400,000 books to date in communities around Blacksburg and Maryland.

Their goal is simple: to promote literacy through the collection and distribution of free books. They do not discriminate when it comes to giving out their books either, as their benefactors range from the Blacksburg police department to the public library.

Velocity of Books also encourages educators and community workers to get in touch if they’d like to request books. It’s such a great mission, and we’d highly recommend getting in touch as they take any kids or adult books in good condition.


Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library

Donation Type: Drop off
Blacksburg Location: 200 Miller Street, Blacksburg, VA, 24060
Hours: Mon-Thu 9-8; Fri-Sat 10-5; Sun 1pm-5pm
Other Locations: Christianburg Library (Christianburg), Jessie Peterman Memorial Library (Floyd), Meadowbrook Public Library (Shawville)
Type of Books Accepted: Hardback and paperback books for all ages
Type of Books Not Accepted: Reader’s Digest, magazines, old encyclopedias, textbooks
Website: See their donation policy here

How to Donate

Bring your books to the front desk of each library during opening hours. You can check each individual branch’s opening hours here.

On the donation policy link above, there’s a handy print-off you can use if you want a tax receipt for your donation.


Don’t forget to check out our guide to Richmond book donations to find even more awesome and deserving places to give your books to!

Cover image credit: Velocity of Books