If you’re looking to donate books in Fresno, you’ve arrived at the right place because we list all the important information here to help you donate your books easily.

The golden state is littered with great organizations working to re-distribute books in their local communities, and Fresno is no different! Here, we will show you where and how to donate to a local reading charity, the local library, as well as thrift shops in Fresno.

Reading Heart

Donation Type: Drop off in book bin
Locations: View all twelve book bin locations in Fresno here
Type of Books Accepted: Children’s books
Website: Reading Heart

How to Donate

Reading Heart’s book bins are located in or outside a number of local businesses, from the KSEE24 television studios to Mexican restaurant Mi Linda Tierra! Just check out their website to find the most convenient location for you.

Why We Love Reading Heart

This is exactly the sort of nonprofit that we love to feature on our site! Reading Heart was founded by Danay when she was, get this, eight years old. Yes, eight! A self-proclaimed bookworm, she wanted to help low income families have access to books that they wouldn’t normally have, particularly families in hospital who would have little else to do.

Danay has the proud title of being the youngest ever entrepreneur in Fresno county history! And what a great cause to champion: promoting reading and doing her part to close the literacy gap in Fresno. Use Reading Heart’s book bins to help contribute your gently used books in Fresno.

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Book donations with heart. Credit: Reading Heart

Friends of the Fresno County Library

Donation Type: Drop off
Primary Location: 5568 E Kings Canyon Rd, Fresno, CA 93727,
Hours: Tue, Thu, Sat 9am-12pm
Other Locations: Check with your local public library
Type of Books Not Accepted: Encyclopedias, textbooks, magazines
Website: Friends of the Fresno County Library

How to Donate

The Friends bookstore is located adjacent to the Sunnyside Regional Library at the above address. They’ll happily accept boxes of books during their opening hours, and the friends recommend contacting your local branch as some do take donations directly.

Why We Love the Library Friends

They provide a way for you to donate most kinds of books, not just children’s books as with Reading Heart. Supporting your public library is always a great way to give back to your community as the Friends put time and resources into library programs and initiatives for Fresno locals.

Charity Stores Accepting Book Donations in Fresno

  • American Cancer Society – Fresno Discovery Shop // Drop your books off at 2004 West Bullard, Fresno, CA 93711
  • DAV Thrift Store // Drop your books off at 701 Van Ness Ave., Fresno, CA 93721

Other useful California book donation guides:

There is nothing better than the satisfaction of donating locally, when it comes to anything really, and books are no exception. By choosing to give to one of the above nonprofits, you’re going to be helping them give less fortunate individuals in the community access to books.

The great thing about the above organizations is that there are a multitude of locations, so the only real question you’ll need to ask yourself is which is the easiest to get to! Keep your books in your local community, and help inspire readers.