These are the best places to donate your books if you live in or around Orlando. 

Read on to see all the locations, and how to donate!

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


UCF Florida Prison Education Project

Donation Types: Drop off, Mail In
Type of Books Not Accepted: Hardcover books, books with spines, books promoting violence
Website: UCF

How to Donate

You’re able to mail your books to the UCF Florida Prison Education Project at the below address:

UCF Florida Prison Education Project
Attn: Michael Kostis
12400 Aquarius Agora Dr.
Orlando, FL 32816

You may also be able to drop your books off, but please email volunteer coordinator Michael Kostis (michael.kostis@ucf.edu) in order to arrange a time and location.

Why We Love the Florida Prison Education Project

I’ve personally spoken with some of their employees and these guys are doing a great job of getting books into the hands of incarcerated people who want to learn and better themselves, but may not have the readily available access to a good range of books.

The team there will sort through your books, then donate them to prison libraries all over Florida. Any that can’t be donated will be sold to raise money for project as a whole.

They’ve donated over 10,000 books to date! 

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Sorting through the latest batch of books at the Prison Education Project. I think that’s a Twilight she has there (I recognize it because of my wife, okay.)

Orlando Public Library Friends

Donation Type: Drop off
Primary Location: 101 E. Central Blvd., Orlando, FL 32801
Type of Books Accepted: Paperback and hardcover books, audiobooks, children’s books, magazines
Type of Books Not Accepted: Textbooks, more than 5 copies of any one book
Website: OCLS Friends

How to Donate

Donations are accepted at the main library branch at the loading deck behind the library via Wall Street. Other library branches may take donations but this is unconfirmed by the Friends.

If you wish to make a larger donation (i.e. more than a few boxes of books) they ask you call the bookstore coordinator to arrange a time to drop off your boxes: (407)835-7496


Book Driver Orlando

Donation Type: Pick up from you
Type of Books Not Accepted: Magazine journals, encyclopedias, legal books, coffee table books, cookbooks, ex-library books
Website: Book Driver

How to Donate

Fill out the form on the Book Driver website at the link above. They can take up to 30 boxes of books! Just ensure each box is under 35lbs in weight for pick up.

Why We Love Book Driver

They run their convenient pick up service in several other cities such as Chicago, and are amongst many organizations where you can donate books in Los Angeles.

Book Driver pass on donated books to their used bookstore at the Wildwood Antique Mall, as well as various library friends organizations in the Orlando area.


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New Leaf Bookstore (Winter Park Public Library Friends)

Donation Type: Drop off
Location: 460 E New England Ave #1, Winter Park, FL 32789
Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-5pm
Website: Winter Park Library

How to Donate

The New Leaf Bookstore is located on the North side of the building. If any employees aren’t there, the main reception desk will be able to direct you where to leave your books.

There isn’t any specific guidance on which books they accept, or don’t. The bookstore looks very well stocked though, so consider most titles in good condition to be suitable for donation.


BrightLight Books

Donation Type: Trade/exchange
Locations: 
– 1301 East Altamonte Dr, Altamonte Springs FL, 32701
– 161 FL-436, Fern Park, FL 32730
– 1231 Reformation Dr, Oviedo FL, 32765
Type of Books Accepted: Booths worth trading
Website: BrightLight Books

How to Donate

Bring in your books to exchange for cash or a store credit. They will accept up to 5 boxes of books, and are a good option if you want to get something back from your used books.


Best Used Books

Donation Type: Trade/exchange
Location: 880 South Highway 17-92, Longwood, FL.
Type of Books Accepted: Booths worth trading
Website: Best Used Books

How to Donate

Another local location to trade books here. Bear in mind you have to purchase a book after trading your books in.


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