Seattle isn’t a city short of places to donate your used books! 

These organizations give you a variety of options in terms of location and types of book accepted, so read on to find where to easily donate books in Seattle.


Treehouse

Donation Type: Drop off
Location:
2100 24th Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98144
Hours: Tue-Fri 10am-3pm
Type of Books Accepted: Children’s books, baby books
Website: Treehouse for Kids

How to Donate to Treehouse

They ask that you pull around the back of the building at the above address, and follow the donation signs. Appointments for donations can be made outside of their regular hours. To make one, email store@treehouseforkids.org

Treehouse supports children in foster care with a unique approach to education and promoting reading is a big part of this. They genuinely care about helping foster kids get a better education, and are a great cause to donate to in Seattle.


Kidvantage NW

Donation Type: Drop off
Seattle Location:
17230 12th Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155
West Sound Location: 1463 NE Dawn Road, Suite B, Bremerton, WA 98310
Issaquah Location: 1510 N.W. Maple St., Issaquah, WA 98027
Type of Books Accepted: Baby books, children’s books
Website: Kidvantage

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A Kidvantage bok drive!

How to Donate to Kidvantage

While most locations offer all week donations, see this page for each location’s opening hours.

Donations will be used to populate the Kidvantage network of early learning centers. The nonprofit funds local school districts, food banks, early learning centers and more with the mission of giving children from low-income backgrounds a “healthy start in life.”


Books to Prisoners  @ Left Bank Books

Donation Type: Drop off
Location: Left Bank Books, 92 Pike St # B, Seattle, WA 98101
Type of Books Accepted: Paperbacks, National Geographics, history books, self-help books, magic/occult, business books, blank journals, graphic novels and comic books, mass-market fiction i.e. romance, short stories, sports books, tabletop playing guides, cookbooks, true crime, thesauri, dictionaries
Type of Books Not Accepted: Politics/current affairs books that are outdated, nothing pertaining to alcohol or drugs, violence, or hypnosis
Website: Books to Prisoners

donated books to books for prisoners in seattle

How to Donate to Books to Prisoners

This organization gets books in the hands of incarcerated men and women throughout Washington. Understandingly, they have very stringent guidelines on what can and can’t be donated. 

They will mostly want all books to be paperback, however, they do accept hardcover non-fiction books.

The fact they also take National Geographics makes them unique, as most libraries and literacy nonprofits won’t accept these types of books.


Friends of Seattle Public Library

Donation Type: Drop off
Location:
Central Library, 1000 4th Ave Level 3, Seattle, WA 98104
Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-5pm, appointments for over 15 books
Type of Books Accepted: Adult and children’s books, cookbooks, recent textbooks, paperbacks and hardcovers
Type of Books Not Accepted: Magazines, encyclopedias
Website: Friends of SPL

How to Donate to the Library Friends

The FriendShop, located at the Central Library, accepts donations of 15 or fewer books during the above hours.

Book an appointment if you have up to 80 books to donate on their website. They have a calendar that makes booking easy.

Supporting your local public library’s used book sales is a great way to ensure your books stay in the local community, and this important pillar of society can continue to provide free community programs and events.

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Seattle Public Library downtown // Credit: willianjustin

Donate Books Seattle

Donation Type: Pick up from you
Hours: Call to arrange a pick up time
Type of Books Accepted: Anything
Website: Donate Books Seattle

How to Donate to Donate Books Seattle

The aptly named Donate Books Seattle website is not rife with information, but they do offer a pick up service which can be very useful if you’re pressed for time.

Call them at 360 919-1563 to schedule a time.


Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission

Donation Type: Drop off
Primary Location:
8226 South 208th Street, Kent, WA 98032
Hours: Mon-Fri 8.30am-4pm
Type of Books Accepted: Any gently used books in good condition
Website: Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission

How to Donate to Union Gospel Mission

This definitely isn’t a book-specific cause, but the Union Gospel Mission does accept books, and any sort of reading material would be gratefully received from the homeless people who these shelters help.


Places to Trade/Exchange Books

  • Ophelia’s Books, 3504 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
  • Pegasus Book Exchange, 553 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116
  • Third Place Books Ravenna, 6504 20th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115
  • Twice Sold Tales, 1833 Harvard Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Seattle is rife with used bookstores that will accept your books for a store credit or some cash in hand, so I thought I’d include these four stores above.

books in seattle library

We all know Seattle is well known for being the home of grunge, but with 11 different places to donate books, it also ranks as one of the highest cities in terms of individual organizations that accept book donations! Pretty cool, right?

Whatever types of books you’re looking to clear out, we hope this guide has served you well, and hope you “rock on” to your chosen organization.