Have you reached that chapter in your life where your bookshelves are overflowing and you’re looking to give away some books?

If you’re in the Denver area, there’s a mile-long list of different nonprofits, libraries, and bookstores that are eager to take these books off your hands! Here, you’ll find everywhere you can donate books in Denver.

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

Book Give

Donation Type: Drop off
Location: 4890 Lowell Blvd, Denver, CO 80221
Hours: Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat 9am-12pm
Type of Books Accepted: Board books, children’s books, young adult, fiction, history, poetry, history books, books in Spanish
Type of Books Not Accepted: Magazines, comic books, textbooks, enyclopedias, trade journals, outdated books, travel books over 3 years old, bibles, reference books
Website: Book Give Denver

How to Donate

Just bring your box of books to the Book Give warehouse at the above address.

Do you have the capacity to host a book drive at your work or school? Check out the info on their page above to see how you can do even more for this cause!

Why We Love Book Give

Book Give are a nonprofit that give people access to books who may otherwise not have it. Through their collections, they replenish the shelves of places like Boulder Bridge House and Crossroads at Lakewood with a range of titles for both children and adults who may be down on their luck.

It’s not just these places: anyone in the Denver metro area can fill out a form requesting books! This is an organization that’s definitely trying to close the literacy gap in Denver, and any donations of gently used books as described above would be most welcomed!

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A volunteer preps all the donated books at Book Give < Credit

Reach Out and Read Colorado

Donation Type: Drop off
Location: 1355 S Colorado Blvd, Suite 108, Denver
Type of Books Accepted: Children’s books up to a second grade reading level, baby books
Type of Books Not Accepted: Books published pre-1990, coloring books, workbooks, textbooks, political/religious books
Website: Reach Out and Read CO

How to Donate

Email books@reachoutandreadco.org to arrange a time to drop your books off at their office address listed above.

Why We Love Reach Out and Read

Reach Out and Read are a nationwide nonprofit that integrate reading as part of a child’s care and recovery while they are in hospital.

To do so, they work with healthcare professionals and empower them to share books with families and support them on their reading journey. Reading has often been proving to be a way to deal with trauma or adversity, and the fact Reach Out and Read are working with healthcare providers to encourage this in kids from an early age is fantastic.

As their website states, “families participating in Reach Out and Read are 250% more likely to read to their children.”

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Denver Library. Credit: Jesse Varner

Denver Public Library

Donation Type: Drop off
Primary Location: 10 W. Fourteenth Ave. Pkwy., Denver, CO 80204
Hours: Mon-Thu 1-6pm; Sun 12-5pm
Other Locations: 24 other locations in Denver. See our Book Donation Map of America for all locations and select ‘Denver’ find the easiest way to donate books near you.
Type of Books Not Accepted: Magazines, Reader’s Digest, Time-Life books, outdated textbooks/law/medical books, National Geographic
Website: Denver Library

How to Donate

Bring up to 2 boxes of books to either the central library, or any one of the 24 other locations in Denver. The Library accept rare books, too.

If you have more than 2 boxes to donate, you will need to drop these off at the central library and arrange a time with Andrea Hamilton, who can be emailed at ahamilton@denverlibrary.org

Friends of the Aurora Public Library

Donation Type: Drop off
Primary Location: 2243 S Peoria St, Aurora, CO 80014
Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat 10am-6pm
Type of Books Not Accepted: Magazines, encyclopedias, computer books published pre-2015, textbooks published pre-2010, dictionaries pre-2010, travel books pre-2005, semi-completed coloring or puzzle books
Website: Friends of the Aurora Public Library

How to Donate

Drop off your books at The Book Outlet at the Aurora Public Library during opening hours. Donations are limited to a maximum of 6 boxes of books.

Jefferson County Library Foundation

Donation Type: Drop off
Location: 10790 W 50th Avenue, Suite 200, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Hours: Mon-Tue 9am-4pm
Type of Books Not Accepted: Magazines
Website: Jefferson County Library Foundation

How to Donate

Ensure your books are boxed. If you have more than 6 boxes of books, the Library encourages you to phone warehouse coordinator Neil Thoreson at 303 403 5076 to confirm they have enough space before you donate. 

donated books for teachers in denver
A specially priced book sale just for teachers and educators, put on by Jefferson County Libraries

Vietnam Veterans of America

Donation Types: Drop off, Pick up from you
Location: Mile High Thrift, 2085 S. Sheridan Blvd., Denver, CO 80227
Hours: Mon-Sat 9am-6pm
Type of Books Accepted: Hardcover, softback, fiction and nonfiction, e-readers
Website: Pickup Please

How to Donate

The Vietnam Veterans of America have partnered with Pickup Please (link above) to offer a nifty pickup service for anyone in the Denver area. Schedule your pickup online. 

Alternatively, drop off your books at Mile High Thrift. If doing so, they request the donation amount is small enough for one person to comfortably carry i.e. one box of books.

University Libraries

Donation Type: Arranged drop off
– Anderson Academic Commons, 2150 East Evans Avenue, Denver, CO 80208 (rare books)
– Mary Reed Building, Room 107B, 2199 S. University Blvd., Denver, CO 80210 (books for resale)
Type of Books Accepted: Rare books, local history books, cultural heritage books
Type of Books Not Accepted: Magazines, textbooks, mass market books, common journals
Website: Denver University Libraries

How to Donate

For rare or unique books, the Library advises contacting curator Kate Crowe at katherine.crowe@du.edu

For books the library can’t add to collections, they will be donated to the University Libraries Association for resale. To arrange a donation of more “regular” books, the Library advises contacting Nancy Clark at nany.clark@du.edu

tattered cover book drive in december

Tattered Cover Seasonal Book Drives

Donation Type: Drop off
Locations: Colfax Ave., McGregor Square, Union Station, Westminster, Stanley Marketplace
Hours: Check website and social pages for details
Website: Tattered Cover Books

How to Donate

Tattered Cover have previously run December Children’s Book Drives, as well as book drives to get books for prisoners. As these are seasonal, if you feel like helping out a local bookstore, we advise keeping an eye on their calendar and social pages for their next book drive.

Well, there we have it! A mile-long list of organizations accepting book donations in Denver. Take your pick, reader!