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 Atlanta.

Read on to see all the locations, and how to donate!

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

Children Read Atlanta

Donation Types: Pick up from you, Drop off, Drop off in book bin
Primary Location: 2936M N Druid Hills Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30329
Hours: Tuesday 10am-12pm; 2pm-4pm; contact them to arrange a drop off time on another day
Other Locations:
– Tall Tales Book Shop, Toco Hill Shopping Center, 2105 Lavista Road, Atlanta, GA 30329
– Greene’s Fine Foods, 141 East Trinity Place, Decatur, GA 30030
– Casseroles, 1393 N. Highland Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30306
– Campbell Dental Group,  4840 Roswell Road. Bldg A, Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30342
– Quinn Windows, 3910 Lawrenceville Hwy., Tucker, GA 30084
– Brave & Kind Books, 722 W. College Ave, Decatur, GA 30030
– Coffee Bar Atlanta, 1602 LaVista Rd., Atlanta, GA 30329
Type of Books Accepted: Pre-kindergarten books i.e. baby books, board books, rhyme books, picture books, number books
Type of Books Not Accepted: Textbooks, encyclopedias
Website: Children Read Atlanta

How to Donate

In order to arrange a drop off at their primary location outside of their Tuesday hours, the organization recommends calling them at 404-295-0789, or emailing childrenread13@gmail.com.

Also contact them this way if you’re looking to get your books picked up. Children Read doesn’t specify the radius of their pick up operation, but we can assume they will pick up books in and around the Atlanta metro area if you have a sizable donation.

They do repair slightly damaged books, which is a nice touch. Just remember, please don’t donate any moldy books or books with pages missing/torn.

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A Children Read volunteer sorting books

Why We Love Children Read Atlanta

They want children from low-income families to put their best feet forward when it comes to reading and understanding books by the time they start school. To do this, they take their donated books, even repairing some books that can be repaired, and distribute them to low-income families throughout Atlanta.

This is a great local cause to support!

Books for Africa

Donation Type: Drop off, Mail In
Location: 1491 Cobb Industrial Drive, Bldg B, Marietta, GA 30066
Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-4pm
Type of Books Accepted: Children’s books, primary/secondary/college textbooks, dictionaries/reference books less than 10 years old, bibles, French books/dictionaries
Type of Books Not Accepted: Encyclopedias, any children’s books or textbooks older than 15 years, magazines, cookbooks, American history books
Website: Books for Africa

How to Donate

Bring your books to their warehouse in Marietta during opening hours. Very large drop offs (think 2+ pallets’ worth) require a scheduled drop off: call the warehouse on 404-603-8680 to arrange this.

Books for Africa also accept mail donations to the same address as listed above, but please keep packages below 50lbs. I guess they get a lot of books!

Why We Love Books for Africa

The organization is very active in Atlanta and the twin cities, featuring on our guide to Minneapolis book donations, having donated *almost* 60 million books to African children at the time of writing!

A crazy stat I found on their website is that 46 million African children have never even been to school. Books for Africa work in local communities all across Africa to get books in the hands of children, both in schools and out of schools.

We all know how important reading is, and the joy reading (and learning a new language) brings to children who receive the books is truly evident in some of the pictures from Books for Africa. Keep up the great work, guys!

Friends of DeKalb County Library

Donation Type: Drop off
Primary Location: Decatur Library, Main Branch, 215 Sycamore Street, Decatur, Georgia 30030
Other Locations: You may be able to bring books to a library branch near you – see their entire list of libraries in DeKalb county at this link.
Type of Books Not Accepted: Magazines, encyclopedias, textbooks
Website: DKPL

How to Donate

We know for sure that the Decatur Library accepts donations of gently used books. Bring your books to the front desk here.

As mentioned above, other libraries may also accept donations; we recommend reaching out to your local branch directly.

Why We Love the DeKalb Friends

Book sales! The friends usually host two book sales per year, which, according to their website, have become a “popular community tradition.”

Funds raised from these sales will go directly back into library programs and events to serve DeKalb county.

One of their more interesting library programs is StoryLine, where anyone can call a number and have a story read to them in either English or Spanish. This is a wonderful initiative to make storytime accessible to anyone.

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A DKPL book sale!

Friends of the Dunwoody Library

Donation Type: Drop off
Location: 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338
Hours: Tuesday 10am-12pm
Type of Books Not Accepted: Magazines, encyclopedias, textbooks
Website: Friends of Dunwoody Library

How to Donate

Drop your gently used books off during their opening hours above. This is a branch of the DeKalb county system that definitely does take donations, so I thought I’d include them too.

Friends of the Fulton County Library (multiple locations)

Donation Type: Drop off
Branch Locations: Alpharetta, Buckhead, East Roswell, Milton, Northeast/Spruill Oaks, Northside, Palmetto (children’s books only), Ponce de Leon, Sandy Springs (see their website link below for addresses)
Type of Books Not Accepted: Magazines, textbooks
Website: Friends of Fulton County Library

How to Donate

Each of the Fulton County branches listed above have their own guidelines on where to drop off books. They’ve done a great job putting all the info on their website and I didn’t want to just copy it, so check out their website for all the pertinent info and addresses of the branches near you.

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Credit: Stephen Cook

Places to Exchange Books in Atlanta

  • Book Exchange (2932 Canton Rd # 220, Marietta, GA 30066)
  • Book N Nook (3073 N Druid Hills Rd, Decatur, GA 30033)
  • Bookmiser (3822 Roswell Rd, Marietta, GA 30062)
  • Eagle Eye BookShop (2076 N. Decatur Road, Decatur, GA 30033)
  • Read It Again Bookstore (3630 Peachtree Pkwy, Suite 314, Suwanee, GA 30024)

At Local Book Donations, we like providing a range of options to encourage you to support local organizations. Though we’d prefer you donate books so they can be reused in your community, if you want to replenish your bookshelves or just get a little extra cash, the above businesses are used bookstores who will take your books for a small amount in return, or offer you a generous store credit.

That’s quite a list of places to donate in Atlanta! I particularly like how so many groups are committed to helping their communities become more literate and educated.

So, hope you gained some knowledge on where best to donate, either geographically or morally, and do rush on to give those books a new home!