If you have some gently used books laying around that have probably reached their final chapter in your house, don’t worry, we’ve got a great list of local organizations to help you find where to donate books in Albany.

Read on to see all the locations, and methods of donation!


The RED Bookshelf

Donation Type: Drop off
Location: 200 Green St, Albany, NY 12202
Hours: Drop offs are Tuesday-Thursday. Book a time on their website.
Type of Books Accepted: Children’s books, board books, picture books, baby books
Website: The RED Bookshelf

How to Donate

Use the link on their website above to book an appointment. The program accepts books for babies and young children.

Why We Love the RED Bookshelf

Their motto is ‘Read Every Day’ (RED) and they work tirelessly to distribute books to public places such as schools, barbershops, and healthcare offices in Albany.

The children’s books are totally free (think of them as a kids’ Little Free Library) and their free book racks can be seen throughout the Albany community.


Albany Public Library Friends

Donation Type: Drop off in book bin
Delaware Branch Location: 331 Delaware Avenue, Albany, NY 12209
Pine Hills Branch Location: 331 Delaware Avenue, Albany, NY 12209
Website: Friends of the Albany Public Library

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A Friends booksale

How to Donate

The Public Library Friends don’t seem too picky about what they will and won’t take. You can drop your gently used books off in the book bins outside the libraries at any time.

They will accept donated poetry books in March only.

Why We Love the Albany Public Library Friends

The Friends of the Library host a variety of book sales throughout the year, the dates of which you can check out on the link above. They host a weekly book sale in summer at the Delaware Community Farmer’s Market, too!

The Friends will sell donated books in good condition and all profits will go to funding the library and its various programs.


Schenectady County Public Library Friends

Donation Type: Drop off
Location: 99 Clinton Street, Schenectady, NY 12305
Hours: 9am-12pm Monday-Saturday
Type of Books Accepted: Children’s books, fiction, non-fiction, cookbooks, biographies, classics, history books
Type of Books Not Accepted: Magazines, Reader’s Digest, textbooks, encyclopedias
Website: Friends of SCPL

How to Donate

The Friends’ loading dock is located at the Central Library branch. They ask that you please don’t bring more than 5 full boxes of books at any one time.

Why We Love Friends of SCPL

They operate two wonderful local used bookstores: the Whitney Book Corner, and A Second Look. The proceeds of book sales from these stores goes to training staff, and library programs – some of the tangible benefits of donating locally!

A Library volunteer with donated books at one of the Friends book sales
A Library volunteer with donated books at one of the Friends book sales

Grassroot Givers

Donation Type: Drop off
Location: 522 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12203
Hours: 9am-2pm Mon-Thu (by appointment)
Type of Books Accepted: Children’s books, fiction/non-fiction books
Type of Books Not Accepted: Magazines, encyclopedias, textbooks, computer books, books with rips or tears
Website: Grassroot Givers

How to Donate

Grassroot Givers requests you call them to arrange a time to drop off your books. You can call them at (518) 599-5157.

Why We Love Grassroot Givers

They’re a charity that’s distributed over half a million books to date! Among other programs, they provide books for the Albany Airport Reading Room, the city school district, and the Boys & Girls Clubs in the capital area.

Grassroot Givers works to support families and individuals living in poverty in the greater Albany area. A gently used book can provide an escape for both children and adults, and it’s great to see literacy at the heart of this nonprofit’s cause.


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Main image credit: The RED Bookshelf