These are all the locations where you can donate your gently used books in Rocky Top.

We highlight local nonprofits working in the community, and aim to provide definitive information on locations, hours, methods of donations, and which books they will (and won’t) accept, so “read on” to find where to donate books in Knoxville.

Friends of the Knox County Library

Donation Type: Drop off
500 W Church Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902
Type of Books Accepted: Children’s books, general books, magazines, sheet music
Website: Knox Friends

How to Donate to Knox Friends

Drop your boxes of gently used books at the library. The Friends request that if you have very large sets of books or magazines, encyclopedias, or textbooks, you contact them first. They don’t mention if you can explicitly donate these types of books.

Community Chest

Donation Type: Drop off, Pick up from you, Drop off in book bin, Trade/exchange

– Community Chest – Central St. (1508 N. Central St., Knoxville, TN 37917)
– Community Chest – Episcopal Church of the Ascension (800 Northshore Dr. Knoxville, TN 37919)
– Community Chest – Scott Ave. (122 W. Scott Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917)
Hours: Central St. is open 10am-5pm Monday through Saturday. The Episcopal Church accepts donations only on the first Saturday of the month from 10-11:30am
Type of Books Accepted: Generally any books in good condition
Website: Community Chest Knoxville

How to Donate to Community Chest

Though this is a more general charity store, they are in need of books that they redistribute to people less fortunate, so any donations to one of their locations would be of use.

McKay Books

Donation Type: Trade/exchange
Location: 230 Papermill Pl Way, Knoxville, TN 37919
Type of Books Accepted: Books that can be bought
Type of Books Not Accepted: Magazines

How to Trade/Exchange at McKay

If you want to get something in exchange for any books you have in decent condition, McKay’s is a Tennessee staple, and their Knoxville branch will rate your books if you bring them in, giving you either cash or a store credit to buy even more books!

Other Tennessee Book Donation Guides

The volunteer state certainly ain’t short of awesome places to donate books, so be sure to check out our other city guides if you find yourself in or around these other towns at any point!

Feature image credit: Knox County Library Friends