You’ve turned to the right page if you want to donate books in Bloomington!

Below you’ll find all organizations that accept gently used books, their hours, and the specific types of book they will or won’t take. 

Hoosier Hills Food Bank

Donation Type: Drop off
Location:
2333 West Industrial Park Drive, Bloomington, IN 47404
Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Type of Books Accepted: Gently used books for all ages
Type of Books Not Accepted: Magazines
Website: HH Food Bank

How to Donate

The Hoosier Hills Food Bank accepts book donations, and the books are then sold at their annual HHFB Book Fair. The great thing about this organization is that they aren’t at all picky about the types of books they need, anything can help (except magazines!)


Monroe County Public Library Friends

Donation Type: Drop off in book bin
Primary Location: 303 E. Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington​​, IN 47408
Other Locations: Ellettsville Branch (600 W. Temperance Street, Ellettsville, IN 47429), Southwest Branch (890 W. Gordon Pike, Bloomington, IN 47403)
Type of Books Accepted: Fiction and nonfiction, scholarly and technical books, children’s books, children’s encyclopedias, current magazines
Type of Books Not Accepted: Textbooks and annual/monthly publications over 5 years old, encyclopedias over 5 years old, Reader’s Digest
Website: Friends Library Bookstore

How to Donate

Downtown library: up to 10 boxes of books are accepted. Donation carts/bins are located on the east side of the second-floor information desk. Please email Mike Burns if you plan on bringing more than 10 boxes, so he can prepare for this: mburns@mcpl.info or call him (812) 349 3083

Ellettsville and Southwest libraries: A maximum of 2 boxes of books per donation are accepted

Donated books are used to stock the Friends Bookstore, located at the downtown library, as well as to stock the Bookmobile and Outreach Vans, important staples of bringing books to more people in Bloomington.


Midwest Pages to Prisoners

Donation Type: Drop off (appointment)
Location:
PO Box 1324, Bloomington, IN 47402
Hours: Schedule a time to drop books off
Type of Books Accepted: General fiction and nonfiction paperback books, life skill books, high school textbooks for math and science, Spanish language books, criminal case/self-help legal books, technical and vocational books
Type of Books Not Accepted: Romance novels, female fiction, books about culture over 15 years old, Reader’s Digest, encyclopedias, travel books, children’s books, true crime, business books
Website: Pages to Prisoners

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Midwest Pages to Prisoners volunteers sort books

How to Donate

This project doesn’t have any hours listed, so the best bet would be to call or email: mwpp@pagestoprisoners.org // (765) 792 4607

Please note that most prisons prohibit hardcover or spiral bound books, so this is a good option if you have mostly paperback books to donate.

The project doesn’t request books geared to females, as they mostly work with male inmates through their program. Overall, this is an extremely noble cause to support, as prisoners generally don’t have great access to books and literature in general, and they’ll write to MWPP requesting books.


Indiana Book Buyer

Donation Type: Drop off, pick up from you (academic books, estate collections)
Location:
223 S Pete Ellis Dr. #26, Bloomington, IN 47408
Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-4.30pm (call ahead)
Type of Books Accepted: Academic scholarly books on a range of subjects from art to history, science, theology and more
Website: Indiana Book Buyer

How to Donate

This organization will buy books but also accepts donations. Call ahead to let them know you’ll be coming: (812) 345 2490.

In the case you have a large or rare collection, they are happy to pick up books from you in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio!

This is also a great place for students to donate, or sell things like law books, or theology books.


Caveat Emptor

Donation Type: Trade/exchange
Location:
112 N. Walnut, Bloomington, Indiana 47404
Hours: Tues-Wed 1-8pm; Thu-Fri 12-8pm; Sat 10am-8pm; Sun 12-5pm
Type of Books Accepted:
Type of Books Not Accepted: Magazines and journals, Reader’s Digest, romance novels, old textbooks
Website: Caveat Emptor

Credit: blake_rosella

How to Donate

This used bookstore accepts a whole range of titles, so check their website for their needs. Their trade policy will give you a store credit of $1 for a paperback and $2 for a hardcover book.


And, there you have it, we’ve reached the final chapter on our guide to Bloomington book donations. Let’s hope your old books will have many more chapters to come in their lives, now you’ve found a suitable place to donate them!