Sometimes, the final chapter doesn’t have to be the end when it comes to books! 

If you’ve found yourself with a bunch of used books after spring cleaning, or if your shelves are just full, these are the places where you can donate books in and around Charlotte, NC.

We provide comprehensive information such as how to donate, when, and which books are accepted. We prioritize organizations that dedicate time and resources to aiding literacy in their local communities.


Promising Pages

Donation Types: Drop off, Drop off in book bin
Primary Location: 204 E. Peterson Dr. Charlotte, NC 28217
Hours: By appointment
24/7 Book Bin Locations:
– Mr. Putty’s Fun Park Miniature Golf (2333 Dam Rd., Tega Cay, SC 29708)
– The Temple’s Edge (189 N Trade Street, Matthews, NC 28105)
Business Locations: 13 other locations around Charlotte; see their website below for all addresses
Type of Books Accepted: Children’s books ranging from baby books to high school/young adult reading books
Type of Books Not Accepted: Magazines, school textbooks, encyclopedias, old library books
Website: Promising Pages

How to Donate

Promising Pages suggest that if you have over 200 books to donate, you email them to arrange a time to drop off directly at their warehouse so somebody can assist you: info@promising-pages.org

If you have less than 200, you can take advantage of their 15 book bin locations in Charlotte and the surrounding areas! We’ve listed the two locations that are open 24/7 above; the other locations are inside local businesses so check out their great map on the Promising Pages website to find the location nearest to you, and be sure to check their opening hours.

One of the book bin locations is the bookstore, The Book Rack, in Charlotte.

Why We Love Promising Pages

They’re dedicated to improving children’s literacy in Charlotte, and run a number of book-driven programs to get books in the hands of children who really don’t have the access to them outside of school.

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A “promising” book fair by Promising Pages!

Their ‘Books on Break’ program in particular is a great initiative to keep kids reading during summer. They allow children to select up to 5 books to take with them over summer break, to ensure they keep reading with their parents or guardians!

They’ve donated over 1.3 million books through their partners since their inception in 2012.


Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

Donation Type: Drop off
Primary Location:
310 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, North Carolina 28202
Other Locations: 21 other locations in Charlotte. Click on our book donation map here and select ‘Charlotte’ to see all of them!
Type of Books Not Accepted: Newspapers, encyclopedias, textbooks, magazines
Website: Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

How to Donate

Currently, all the library branches are accepting book donations. We’ve compiled all the library’s locations on our handy book donation map (linked above) so you can find the branch nearest you.

Supporting your local library through book donations is a great way to ensure they have a steady flow of books to repurpose, or sell, to raise funds for events and programs.

a branch of the library where you can donate books in charlotte

National Kidney Services

Donation Types: Pick up from you, drop off
Locations:
– Charlotte (Freedom Drive) – 2917 Freedom Drive, Charlotte, NC 28208
– Charlotte (Central Avenue) – 4451 Central Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28205
– Charlotte (South Boulevard) – 6300 South Blvd. #300, Charlotte, NC 28217
Type of Books Accepted: Any gently used books
Website: Schedule a pick up here

How to Donate

Either drop your books off at one of their 3 Charlotte donation centers above, or use the link to schedule a book pick up.

While the NKS don’t have any particularly strict guidelines on which books they will and won’t accept, a general rule of thumb is that if you’re donating guides/how-to/self-help books on subjects, please ensure these are up to date and relevant (i.e. published within the last 5 years.)

Why We Love National Kidney Services

A different charity to support, they will resell donated items such as household goods (especially books!) to raise money for vital research and screenings for National Kidney Services in North Carolina.

They seem very happy to pick up your books, so if you’re extremely busy, the book collection is a nice option to have.


Julia’s Cafe and Books

Donation Type: Drop off
Location:
1133 N. Wendover Rd., Charlotte, NC 28211
Hours: Monday-Saturday 8am-6pm
Type of Books Not Accepted: Magazines, encyclopedias
Website: Julia’s Cafe

How to Donate

Donate your gently used books during opening hours, or host a book drive to truly support this local cause!

Why We Love Julia’s Cafe & Books

No guide to Charlotte book donations would be complete without mentioning this local staple!

Julia’s supports Habitat for Humanity, which is working to build affordable housing in the Charlotte area. Named after Julia Maulden, a former public servant of Charlotte who, in the Carter era, was part of a project to build the first 14 Habitat for Humanity homes in Charlotte, this store is rich in history, and continues to donate funds to Habitat for Humanity in Julia’s honor today.

julia's cafe, where you can donate books in charlotte

The Book Rack

Donation Type: Trade/exchange
Location:
10110 Johnston Rd #5, Charlotte, NC 28210
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-6.30pm; Sat 10am-6pm
Type of Books Accepted: Books that can be resold
Facebook: Charlotte Book Rack

How to Donate

A nice option here if you are looking to get a little something for your used books. They offer store credit for trade-ins and have a massive range of books from classics to comics.


Well, what a wonderfully varied list of places to donate books in Charlotte, eh? 

Charlotte is known for being the business mecca of the South, but it’s great to see so many local nonprofits and stores helping to redistribute literature in the community and help those less fortunate through the power of reading.