Did your spring clean yield some unwanted, gently used books? If you’re in or around Athens, the good news is there are plenty of organizations willing to take them off your hands!

Following on from our guide on Atlanta book donations, here we focus on another great city in the Peach state. We cover a multitude of organizations including libraries, nonprofits, and list exactly how to donate, be it by dropping off, or using a book drop box in Athens.

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

Books for Keeps

Donation Types: Drop off, Drop off in book bin
Book Bin Locations:
– Books for Keeps @ 105.3 WSGC Radio (563 Jones St, Elberton, GA 30635)
– Books for Keeps @ Alvin Hurst Allstate (760 Hawthorne, Suite D, Athens, GA 30606)
– Books for Keeps @ Fox’s Pizza Den (2971 Monroe Highway, Bogart, GA 30622)
– Books for Keeps @ House Electric (1045 Baxter Street, Athens, GA 30606)
– Books for Keeps @ Rinse Beauty (740 Prince Ave Building #7, Athens, GA 30606)
– Books for Keeps @ Thrive Integrative Medicine (2080 Prince Ave., Athens, GA 30606)
_ Books for Keeps @ Edward Jones (Ask for financial advisors Michele K Pearson Tucker or Denise L Ricks)
– Warehouse Drop Off: Appointment only. Email justin@booksforkeeps.org
Hours: Vary by business
Type of Books Not Accepted: Textbooks, encyclopedias
Website: Books for Keeps

How to Donate

As you can see, there are a lot of book bin locations in local businesses around Athens. These are ideal for a bag or handful of books, and if you have more books you want to bring in as a bulk donation, just email Justin and arrange a drop off time at their warehouse.

books for keeps athens ga

Why We Love Books for Keeps

They genuinely care about literacy in Clarke County, and back this up with their actions. Each year, every pre-k student receives 3 brand new books for free, each month of the school year. That equates to 16,000 books per year!

BFK also opens its warehouse to teachers and local community workers for them to take up to 100 books each year for kids ages 13 and up. 

On top of all this, their literacy mentors program involves volunteers working one on one with local school children, and they also operate the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which mails free books to children ages 0-5. So many awesome programs being run here!

Front Porch Bookstore (Friends of Winterville Library)

Donation Type: Drop off
Location: 102 Marigold Ln, Winterville, GA 30683
Hours: Mon-Thu 11am-7pm; Sat 10am-2pm
Type of Books Not Accepted: Magazines, textbooks, encyclopedias
Facebook Page: Front Porch Bookstore

How to Donate

This bookstore is run by the Friends of the Winterville Library, and seems to be accepting of most gently used books. Drop your books off during opening hours, and also bag a steal with their 5 and 10 dollar ‘book bag’ deals!

winterville library

Project Safe Thrift Store

Donation Type: Drop off
Location: 995 Hawthorne Ave, Bells Shopping Plaza, Athens, GA 30606
Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-5pm
Type of Books Accepted: Chapter books for 2nd graders
Website: Project Safe

How to Donate

Though this is a very specific book donation request, we figure chapter books for primary school aged children wouldn’t go amiss here either. Project Safe helps families in need, and books can make the world of difference to children who are a little down on their luck.

Where to Sell Textbooks in Athens

  • University of Georgia Bookstore (40 Baxter Street, Athens, GA US 30602-1504)
  • Piedmont College Official Bookstore (595 Prince Ave, Athens, GA 30601)

Being a college town, I thought it would be worthwhile listing where you can exchange textbooks for a little cash in Athens!

And below, if you want to exchange regular fiction and nonfiction, here are a couple of spots you can also check out.

Places to Exchange Books in Athens

  • Walls of Books – Athens (Walls of Books – Athens)
  • Walls of Books – Watkinsville (1011 Stonebridge Pkwy, Watkinsville, GA 30677)
  • The Next Chapter Bookstore (118 Main Street, Gainesville, GA 30501)

Cover image credit: Books for Keeps’ Book Bus