We’ve composed a thorough list of local organizations to help you find where to donate books in Syracuse, as well as surrounding areas such as Fulton.

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.


Onondaga County Library Friends

Donation Type: Drop off
Primary Location: Petit Branch Library (accepts donations year round) – 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse, NY 13210
Hours: Mon, Thu 9am-7:30pm; Tue-Wed, Fri-Sat 9am-5pm
Other Locations: 5 other locations may accept donations in Syracuse, we assume not year round. See their website for all branches’ information.
Type of Books Not Accepted: Encyclopedias, textbooks
Website: Onondaga County Public Libraries

How to Donate

It seems the Petit Branch is the only library listed as accepting donations, but the six other city libraries with contact details on the above website link may also accept donations.

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Rescue Mission

Donation Type: Drop off
Syracuse Location: 2214 W Genesee St, Syracuse, NY 13209 
Hours: All branches are open 10am-6pm
Other Locations: 9 other locations in Syracuse, Auburn, and surrounding areas. See their website below for a full map.
Type of Books Accepted: Any books in good condition
Website: Rescue Mission Alliance

How to Donate

Bring your books to these Rescue Mission thrift stores for an easy drop off. The charity helps people in-need in the Syracuse area, and was founded in the late 1800s and named after a slave who was rescued via the underground railroad back in 1851!


Manlius Library

Donation Type: Drop off (appointment)
Location: One Arkie Albanese Ave., Manlius, New York 13104 
Hours: Arrange a time to drop off
Type of Books Accepted: Hardcovers, paperbacks, mass market paperbacks in good condition
Type of Books Not Accepted: National Geographics, textbooks, encyclopedias
Website: Manlius Library

How to Donate

Call the desk on 315-682-6400 to set up a time to drop your books off. You may bring up to two boxes of books to donate.


Maxwell Memorial Library

Donation Type: Drop off
Location: 14 Genesee St., Camillus, NY 13031
Hours: Mon-Thu 10am-7pm; Fri 10am-5pm; Sat 10am-3pm
Type of Books Accepted: Children’s books, fiction, non-fiction, hardcovers, paperbacks, magazines
Type of Books Not Accepted: National Geographics over one year old, textbooks, encyclopedias, self-published books, old library books
Website: Maxwell Memorial Library

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How to Donate

Up to one bag or box of books can be dropped off at the front desk.

If you have more than this, the Library ask that you please call them in advance to arrange a drop off time.


Backstreet Books

Donation Type: Drop off
Location: 201 Oneida St, Fulton, NY 13069
Hours: Mon-Sat 9.30am – 4pm
Type of Books Accepted: Should take any books in good condition

How to Donate

Take as many boxes of books as you like to this local used bookstore during opening hours.

Why We Love Backstreet Books

Backstreet Books (& Bistro, technically) got a feature on the local Oswego county website at the start of Covid for their inspiring “window art” you can see below. Though they don’t have a website, they’re a truly local organization.

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Places to Trade Books in Syracuse

  • Books End (2443 James St, Syracuse, NY 13206)
  • Books & Melodies (2600 James St, Syracuse, NY 13206)

At Local Book Donations, we like providing a range of options to encourage you to support local organizations. The above businesses are other local used bookstores who will take your books for a small amount in return, or offer you a generous store credit.


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