Do you have gently used books that could use a new home? If you’re in Boulder, the good thing is there are plenty of deserving places that will take your book donations.

Here, we list the best places to donate books in Boulder, giving you the methods of donation, types of books they accept, and hours.

Boulder Public Library

Donation Type: Drop off
Location: 1001 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO 80302
Type of Books Accepted: Hardcover books, trade paperback books, textbooks in great condition
Type of Books Not Accepted: Mass market paperback books over 5 years old, magazines over 1 year old, Reader’s Digest, encyclopedias, used textbooks with highlighting/handwriting
Website: Boulder Library Donation Guidelines

How to Donate

Boulder Public Library has a convenient “Donations” area, located just inside the Arapahoe entrance on the right. There is a book bin where you can drop your books off, and if you have a few boxes you’re welcome to take them directly into the room.

If you have more than 10 boxes please email the library first before dropping them off at

Why We Love Boulder Public Library

The library uses profits from their used bookstore, Paper & Spine, to fund volunteer programs and vital library materials: one of the joys of keeping literature local!

Sales from donated books can go to bringing wonderful initiatives like this ‘Winter Wonderland’ book tour to Boulder!

Boulder Bookstore

Donation Type: Trade/exchange
Location: 1107 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-10pm; Sun 11am-7pm
Type of Books Not Accepted: Magazines, literary journals, computer books, business/travel books over 1 year old, hardcovers without their original dust jacket
Website: Boulder Book Store

How to Donate

The store has a “used book desk” in the children’s room, and a specific book buyer will be available until 6pm at this location. Donations after 6pm should be brought directly to the registers.

You’ll receive cash, check, or store credit for your donations that they accept. 

TRUCare Boulder Thrift Store

Donation Type: Drop off, Pick up from you
Location: 5565 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO 80303
Hours: Wed, Fri, Sat 11am-4pm
Type of Books Accepted: Most books in good condition
Type of Books Not Accepted: Library copies of books, encyclopedias
Website: TRUCare Boulder

How to Donate

This organization may be able to pick up your books from you. You can enquire to arrange a time by emailing or calling (303) 604-5353.

They would also be more than glad to take your used books at their store during the above hours.

This is a great opportunity to support a local hospice through your book donations.

The Bookworm

Donation Type: Trade/exchange
Location: 3175 28th St, Boulder, CO 80301, USA
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm; Sat 10am-5pm
Type of Books Accepted: Books of all genres, rare books
Website: Boulder Bookworm

How to Donate

The Bookworm gives a store credit for donated books, perfect if you want to replenish your shelves. They’ll also pay cash for rare books.

Credit: @tridentboulder


Donation Type: Trade/exchange
Location: 940 Pearl St, Boulder, CO, 80302
Hours: Mon-Thu 10am-2pm
Type of Books Accepted: Books in excellent condition
Website: Trident Cafe

How to Donate

Trident are another locally run business that evaluates books in good condition for a store credit. Stop off at the above hours to trade your books in, and why not have a brew at their famous “Slow Bar” while you’re there!

Feature image credit: Boulder Library