There are so many amazing organizations accepting book donations in Raleigh, and we’ve listed all their information here such as how to donate, opening hours, and which books are accepted.

Please note that we prioritize organizations that dedicate time and resources to aiding literacy in their local communities.


Read and Feed

Donation Type: Drop off
Primary Location:
171-10 High House Road, Cary, NC 27511
Hours: Mon-Thu 10am-5pm
Type of Books Accepted: Children’s books, baby books, board books, picture books
Website: Read and Feed

How to Donate to Read and Feed

They accept in-kind donations at their above address during opening hours, and also encourage you to run book drives or food drives if you’re able to.

Read and Feed work directly with kids in low-income neighborhoods. Once a week, a child will get a one-on-one reading session, as well as a meal, with a volunteer from the organization. 

This is a really different and interesting way to engage the local community in reading, and they would be grateful for any children’s books in good condition that can be used for their programs.

books being donated in raleigh
Credit: Read and Feed

Wake Up and Read

Donation Type: Drop off in book bin
Locations:
Find your nearest drop off location using their map
Hours: Will vary by location
Type of Books Accepted: Children’s books, recent mass market books, fiction/non-fiction
Website: Wake Up and Read

How to Donate to Wake Up and Read

The best way is to check the map that is linked to above, as there are over 20 book bin locations around Raleigh!

Wake Up and Read don’t have super stringent guidelines about what they will and won’t accept, they just ask that books are recently published, visually appealing, and ideally reflect the diverse nature of the Raleigh community.

This nonprofit provided more than 90,000 books to over 9,000 students in 2023 alone. Their goal is to get children reading at a kindergarten level by the time they join school, and they do this by giving children their own “home libraries” with multiple books, as well as encouraging the child’s family to support them in their journey to literacy.

Credit: Wake Up And Read

Wake County Public Library

Donation Type: Drop off
Primary Location:
Library Administration Building, 4020 Carya Drive, Raleigh 27610
Hours: 9am-4pm
Other Locations: Find your nearest branch using our Book Donation Map of America and selecting “Raleigh”
Type of Books Not Accepted: Magazines, encyclopedias, textbooks, reference books, how-to/self-help books
Website: Wake Gov Website

How to Donate to Wake County Library

If you have a larger donation, i.e. several heavy boxes, the Library recommends taking it to the Administration Building warehouse, listed above as the “primary location.”

Most local branches accept smaller amounts of donations, too, so check the map for one near you.


NC Women’s Prison Book Project

Donation Type: Pick up from you
Type of Books Accepted: New or like-new books only, in the form of mass market paperbacks, true crime, romance, urban lit, unused coloring books, crochet books, astrology
Website: NCWPB

How to Donate to the Women’s Prison Book Project

Email them at ncwomensprisonbooks@gmail.com

They’ve currently suspended generic “book donations”, and really only want new or like-new books as described above. The project is doing some amazing work to get books in the hands of incarcerated females throughout the state, so if you’re able to help, it’s a very noble cause.


Raleigh Rescue Mission

Donation Type: Drop off (appointment)
Location:
4700 Capital Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27604
Hours: Book a time
Type of Books Accepted: Gently used books in good condition
Website: Raleigh Rescue

How to Donate to Raleigh Rescue Mission

The Rescue Mission works to combat homelessness in the Raleigh area. Books can be really useful resources for children in times of need, and indeed adults. This is a good option if you want to donate your books to a slightly different cause for good in Raleigh. 

Just remember: you’ll need to book an appointment for your drop off by filling out a contact form on their site, or calling: 919-828-9014


AnimalKind

Donation Type: Drop off
Location:
2821 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh, NC 27616
Hours: Tues-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 12-4pm
Type of Books Accepted: All books in good condition are welcome
Website: AnimalKind

How to Donate to AnimalKind

The organization advises you to pull up to the back door and ring their doorbell. Someone will be able to come out and help you unload your books during their opening hours.

Another nonprofit that exists outside of literacy, AnimalKind nevertheless has a great cause: they want to end the planned euthanasia of cats and dogs in North Carolina that can’t be adopted. If this sort of thing is close to your heart, your books will be resold in their Thrift Store to raise money for their efforts.


It gives me great sadness to announce that an original book donation location I was aware of when I compiled the Book Donation Map of America, Read With Me, closed in 2023. This was a store in Raleigh that sold children’s books and art, and doubled as a creative space where a love for reading could be cultivated. 

Still, if you’re looking for even more great local organizations, I heard there is a really good guide on where to donate books in Durham and Chapel Hill! It’s great to see such a breadth of organizations who offer to take your old books off your hands in the general NC area.