Is it time for some of those old books of yours to turn over a new page and start afresh? If you live in Indy, and you’re looking to donate your gently used books, you’ll find everything you need here.

Below you’ll find all organizations that accept gently used books, their hours, and the specific types of book they will or won’t take.

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

Indy Book Project

Donation Type: Drop off in book bin
Primary Location:
Indy Book Project Office, 1537 West Oak Street, Zionsville, IN 46077
Hours: 24/7 book drop
Other Zionsville Book Bin Locations: 4 Kids Books & Toys, 4450 Weston Pointe Dr. #120; Boone County Habitat for Humanity, 10650 Andrade Drive
Type of Books Accepted: Children’s books ages 0-18
Type of Books Not Accepted: Grown-up books, religious books
Website: Indy Book Project

How to Donate

The book bins are open 24/7 outside the above addresses. The project also encourages you to host book drives, and can provide you with the resources to do so if you wish to help that way.

Why We Love the Indy Book Project

“Books for all children” is their motto, and they strive to do just this by distributing their donated books to schools, pediatricians’ offices, and other locations in the community, like the Well Community Center.

To date, the Indy Book Project has donated over 190,000 books in the greater Indianapolis area!

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Founder Gina Sprenger was actually a former volunteer at a similar nonprofit called Book Harvest back in Durham, NC.

Indy Reads

Donation Type: Drop off
[Primary] Location: 103 N Boyle Avenue, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, CA 90033
Hours: 11am-7pm on the first Friday of every month
Type of Books Not Accepted: Textbooks, magazines, encyclopedias, travel guides, old/dated manuals
Website: Indy Reads

How to Donate

Drop off up to three boxes of books at their community bookstore location above. For donations larger than three boxes, please email them to arrange a time to drop off:

They advise parking on Shelby Street for ease of access, and ringing the doorbell.

Why We Love Indy Reads

This nonprofit focuses on improving adult literacy specifically. Alarmingly, 1 in 6 adults in Indiana read below a 5th grade level, and Indy Reads’ certified instructors work with adults in a one on one environment, even helping adults earn the high school equivalency diploma.

Though they work with adults, their community bookstore will accept all books, bar the ones listed as not accepted above.

A community reading event from Indy Reads
A community reading event from Indy Reads

The Indy Library Store

Donation Type: Drop off
Location (4 boxes or less):
2450 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46208
Hours: 8am-5pm Monday-Friday
Other Locations (up to 2 boxes): 24 other locations in Indianapolis, Lawrence and Beech Grove can be found on their website here
Type of Books Accepted: Adult nonfiction and children’s books are high-demand books, but most books in good condition are accepted
Website: Indy Library Store

How to Donate

Your local branch will take up to 2 boxes of books, and the central Library Services Center up to 4 boxes. If you have more boxes to donate, please call the Library Store on 317-275-4044.

Why We Love the Indy Library Store

Not only are you supporting your local library foundation, but the store will also accept a plethora of different types of books such as cookbooks, how-tos, biographies etc., many of which aren’t accepted by a lot of book donation organizations.

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Wheeler Mission Store & Donation Center

Donation Type: Drop off
Donation Center Location:
2730 Madison Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46225
Hours: 8am-4pm Monday-Friday
Other Drop Off Locations: See all locations here
Hours: Vary by drop off location; some are 24/7
Website: Wheeler Mission

How to Donate

Wheeler Mission accepts any books in good condition. Books can be wonderful worlds to escape to for anyone down on their luck, and Wheeler depends on donations of books and other household items to keep their residential programs and shelters well-stocked.

It’s great to see a wide range of organizations accepting book donations in Indianapolis, so now I hope the only tough decision of this process will be deciding which one to donate to!

Cover image credit: Indy Book Project