We all know that LA and Philly stay jiggy, but on the sneak, Miami has a host of awesome organizations that’ll take your book donations!

Here, you’ll find a complete list showing you where to donate books in Miami, the method of donation, and any other requirements for each organization. It’s great to see so many places accepting gently used books, and some will even pick up your books for you, so read on to see the best places to donate books in Miami.

Books for You Miami

Donation Type: Pick up from you
Type of Books Accepted: Pre-k books, children’s books, young adult books, books for highschoolers, notebooks
Type of Books Not Accepted: Magazines, dictionaries, encyclopedias, college books
Website: Books for You Miami

How to Donate

As Books for You will pick up your books free of charge, they request you contact them via Instagram or WhatsApp in order to schedule a pick up time. You must include:

  • Your address
  • How many books you’re donating

Why We Love Books for You

They work in schools, clinics, and the local Miami community at large to give children access to books, and importantly, reading support. Founded in 2020, they’ve already had a huge impact, and their book pick up service is a fantastic option for anyone living in Miami.

Books for You donated boxes full of books to UHI, who provide free healthcare for those in poverty
Books for You donated boxes full of books to UHI, who provide free healthcare for those in poverty.

Bookleggers Library

Donation Type: Drop off, Pick up from you
Location: Bakehouse Art Complex 561 NW 32nd Street, Miami, FL 33127
Drop Off Hours: Tue-Thu 12-5pm
Type of Books Accepted: Any books in good condition
Website: Bookleggers Library

How to Donate

Their main headquarters at the Bakehouse Art Complex accepts donations during the above hours.

If you wish to schedule a pick up, you’ll need to contact Bookleggers to arrange this. Our guess is that you’d need a substantially sized donation of books (2+ boxes) for them to do a pick up, but it’s best to email them either way!

Why We Love Bookleggers Library

The nonprofit defines itself as a “mobile library” that aims to bring free books to people who need them in the local Miami community. They do this by offering a free book to keep for anyone who visits their physical library, but also through neat services such as their “Bookbike” which allows the organization to visit anywhere and provide books to anyone who wants them.

This is a really cool initiative with a brilliant name, and a deserving cause for any books you may have laying around, not least because they’re not at all picky about which books they want!

We featured the image of a Bookleggers book event supporting the black community from Febraury ’23 at the top of this post!

Books For Free

Donation Type: Drop off in book bin
Locations: 33 locations at Miami-Dade Library branches, Books & Books stores, and police and fire stations
Type of Books Accepted: Children’s books, baby books
Website: Hands on Miami

How to Donate

The Books for Free program came up with a great map showing all of their book bin locations, which you can see here.

Look for the green donation bins at the above addresses.

Why We Love Books for Free

This initiative by the Children’s Trust has placed book bins in no fewer than 33 convenient locations around Miami, making it super accessible to drop off your used children’s books!

This initiative donates 3,500 books annually to in-need children and their caregivers in Miami-Dade county, helping to close the literacy gap in the community.

Miami Book Fair with Books For Free

Donation Type: Pick up from you
Type of Books Accepted: Children’s books, baby books
Website: Miami Book Fair

How to Donate

Miami Dade College supports the Books For Free program by offering a free book collection service if you have more than 100 books to donate.

Fill out a donation request form, which you can find at the link above, or send Leslie an email to schedule the pick up: lsainz@mdc.edu

where to donate books in miami
All the fun of the (Miami book) fair!

Miami-Dade Public Library

Donation Type: Drop off
Primary Location: 101 W Flagler St., Miami FL 33130
Hours: Mon-Sat 9.30am-6pm
Other Locations: Find your nearest branch here
Type of Books Accepted: Unknown
Website: Friends of MDPL

How to Donate

The Friends of the MDPL do accept book donations but the method of how and where to donate is unclear. As this library system has a massive amount of local branches, we recommend reaching out to your local branch for more information on what they’re looking for and when to donate.

It’s great to see such a variety of organizations dedicating time to improving literacy in the Miami community! At Local Book Donations, we encourage you to support local causes like these, as keeping your books in the community stands to benefit it!

“Bienvenidos a Miami!”

Cover image credit: Bookleggers