If your shelves are overflowing with books you no longer need, and you’re in or around Lincoln, there is no shortage of places that will accept your gently used books.

Below, we’ve listed everywhere accepting book donations in Lincoln, including where and how to donate, in order to make dropping your books off as easy as possible!

Lincoln City Libraries

Donation Type: Drop off

– Anderson Branch, 3635 Touzalin Avenue, 68507
– Bennett Martin Branch, 136 South 14th Street. 68508
– Bethany Branch Library, 1810 North Cotner Boulevard, 68505
– Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior St, Lincoln, NE 68521
– Gere Branch Library, 2400 South 56th Street (68506)
– Walt Branch Library, 6701 South 14th Street (68512)
Hours: See link below for all branch hours
Type of Books Not Accepted: Textbooks over 9 years old
Website: Lincoln Libraries Locations & Hours

How to Donate

Bring your books to the dedicated Book Nook areas of each library branch above.

The South and Williams branches of the Lincoln Public Library are the only ones currently not accepting donations.

The Library is generally pretty welcoming in terms of what it will accept, and its many branches make it a great place to donate locally. Donated books will be sold in the Book Nooks and also used to fuel the Lied Bookmobile, a well-known mobile library funded by the LPL.

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A Library pop-up book sale

A Novel Idea Bookstore

Donation Type: Trade/exchange
118 N 14th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508
Hours: Appointment only
Type of Books Accepted: Literary fiction, books on philosophy, science, ancient history, Easton Press and Folio Society books, DAD/role-playing books
Type of Books Not Accepted: Reader’s Digest, textbooks, coffee table books, romance books
Website: A Novel Idea Bookstore

How to Donate

Email pictures of your books to the store first: staff@anovelideabookstore.com

They will let you know if it’s what they’re looking for, then arrange for an appointment.

They do accept book collections and estate collections too.

People’s City Mission

Donation Type: Drop off
Help Center Location:
6800 P Street, Lincoln, NE 68510
Shelter Location: 110 Q St, Lincoln, NE 68508
Type of Books Accepted: Children’s books, mass market fiction, coffee table books
Website: PCM Lincoln

How to Donate

The People’s City Mission of Lincoln doesn’t explicitly state they take books, but they also don’t have books on the list of what they don’t accept.

Books can be used for families at their shelter, or sold or recycled by the nonprofit.

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Bluestem Books

Donation Type: Trade/exchange
137 S 9th St, Lincoln, NE 68508
Hours: 10-5 Tues-Sat
Type of Books Accepted: Scholarly books, classic lit/lit fiction, theology, Eastern religion, Nebraska history, books by Nebraskan authors, history, military history, natural history
Type of Books Not Accepted: Computer books, textbooks, popular mystery books (Grisham etc.), mass-market paperbacks, outdated books, encyclopedias
Website: Bluestem

How to Donate

Contact them beforehand, or take your books in for an evaluation. This is a good option if you’re looking to get a little return on any valuable old books you may have laying around!

Remember to check our guide to book donations in Omaha for more local organizations, and happy donating!