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At Local Book Donations, we pride ourselves on showing locals the best places to donate their used books. Illinois is a state rich in history, but also rich in terms of libraries, literacy nonprofits, and community-centric used bookstores!

There are no fewer than seven of these organizations with multiple locations all over Chicago, but other cities with notable establishments that will gladly accept used books are also included on our lists.

And, if you’re looking to donate books to prisons in Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Books to Prisoners and Chicago Books for Women in Prison spearhead efforts to get books in the hands of incarcerated men and women in the state of Illinois.

Enjoy our city-specific guides, keep reading, and, if there are any great organizations we’ve missed out, be sure to let us know!