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Donate Gently Used Books

Donate books from your home or run a book drive!

Book Harvest gladly accepts new and gently used children’s books for young readers ages 0-18. We especially love donations of board books, picture books, Spanish and bilingual books, and books that portray ALL children, honoring diverse backgrounds, languages, abilities, and perspectives, and including stories by and about people of color. 

If you have new or gently used children’s books you’d like to donate, please drop them in the Book Harvest donation bin at 2501 University Drive at any time (24/7).

Please note that we cannot accept:

  • Books for adults (cookbooks, gardening books, self-help books, novels, etc.)

  • Religious books for any age

  • Textbooks/atlas books/encyclopedias/dictionaries

  • Activity books/workbooks/coloring books

  • Library discards

  • Books used in classroom settings/teaching materials

  • Books that are outdated, yellowed, torn, molded, damaged, etc.

Drop-off Sites:
Book Harvest, 2501 University Drive in Durham

Golden Fig, Carrboro
Clifton and Mauney Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, Chapel Hill
Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill

Kidzu Children's Museum, Chapel Hill

NC Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill
The Regulator Bookshop, Durham
Locopops, Durham

Durham Academy (Lower School and Middle School), Durham

The Wonder Lab, Durham

Monarch Movement Company, Hillsborough

NoRa Cafe, Raleigh 

If your location is interested in serving as a book donation site, please contact Associate Director of Community Engagement Caitlyn Smith at

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How to Run a Book Drive

A book drive is a terrific service project for schools, workplaces, congregations, civic groups, neighborhoods, book clubs, and scout troops! Every book drive conducted between December 1, 2023 and January 31, 2024 will be considered a Dream Big Book Drive.

Download the Book Drive Toolkit to read more about the four easy steps to a successful book drive!


Register your Book Drive with Book Harvest. We want to know you are hosting a book drive, and we want to share the news of your activism. It just takes a minute.


Get a tub/bin/basket and set up your book drive collection site. Choose a high-traffic location - your front porch, your office, your neighborhood gathering spot. Print a sign for your book drive collection bins.


Promote your book drive! Use a graphic to share the news of your drive with friends, family, and colleagues. Include this image in your emails, on your social media, on your website, and in your printed materials. You can access our logo here.


Deliver the books!

Option 1: Drop them off at Book Harvest Durham (2501 University Drive) Tuesday-Saturday from 9 AM - 5 PM. We also accept donations through our two donation bins outside. You can access these bins any time.

Option 2: Deliver them to one of the drop-off sites listed above.

Want to mail us your books?

If you have books to donate, you can ship them to us via US Postal Service media mail to:

Book Harvest
2501 University Drive, Ste. 5
Durham, NC 27707

Please click here to let us know they're coming and download an in-kind donation receipt for your gift of books.


Donate New Books

Buy New Books from our Wishlist!

It’s easy to purchase culturally inclusive books from our Mirror, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors list to donate directly to Book Harvest!

Please click here to let us know they're coming and download an in-kind donation receipt for your gift of books.

See below for options to purchase, as well as our Featured Five children's books for the month!

Local Bookstores: Online Wish Lists

Shop Book Harvest wish lists online at these local bookstores!

Letters (Durham)

Flyleaf Books (Chapel Hill)

The Regulator (Durham)

Amazon Wish List

Shop Book Harvest's Amazon wish list.

Our Featured Five Children's Books

Every month we feature five children's books that are at the top of our donation list.

These are all included on our Regulator Bookshop and Amazon wishlists.

June's Featured Five are in celebration of American Jewish Heritage.

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