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Volunteer With Book Harvest

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Become a Volunteer

We’re thrilled that you’re interested in joining us as a volunteer! Nothing gets accomplished at Book Harvest without the help of hundreds of hardworking volunteers each year, and there are lots of different ways to plug in to our team. Thank you for your interest in sharing your time and talents with us!

Volunteers are needed to assist with processing the thousands of books we receive each month, which can include counting, stickering, sorting, and boxing books for various programs. 

Monthly Volunteer Information Session


Want to learn more about Book Harvest and the different opportunities to get involved throughout the year? Join us for an upcoming Volunteer Information Session! Volunteer Information Sessions will be held in person at Book Harvest Durham, 2501 University Drive.


Attendees will need to be vaccinated/boosted for COVID. If changes to this policy are made, we will update the website.

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Volunteer Groups

We welcome small groups to help us with various projects. Volunteer with your company, neighborhood, book name it! 

Currently, we can accommodate groups of up to 10 volunteers on Wednesday mornings and Fridays afternoons. Volunteers must be 16 or older to participate. Email our Book Processing and Volunteer Coordinator, Parker Nelson, at to schedule your volunteer group!

Book Processing Sessions

Book Harvest receives thousands of books a month and relies on volunteer support to process those books! Please take a look at the shifts available below and sign up! Training will be provided on site at the beginning of the shift.


Our Book Processing Sessions are family-friendly opportunities for volunteers of all ages to help with counting, stickering, sorting, and boxing books for various programs. We kindly ask that children under the age of 16 be accompanied by a parent/caregiver. 

Please note that our current Covid-19 safety protocols require all volunteers to be fully vaccinated and up-to-date on boosters in order to participate. 

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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!


Download the book drive toolkit below 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 this 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 more photos and our logo here.


Deliver the books! You can deliver your books to Book Harvest Durham (2501 University Drive, Durham, NC 27707) Tuesday - Saturday from 9 AM - 5 PM. We also accept smaller donations 24/7 via our two donation bins located in front of Book Harvest. You can access these bins any time.

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Subscribe to Our Newsletter

And don’t forget to subscribe to our email list! We send out general information about what’s going on at Book Harvest and how to get involved about once a month. Subscribe now so you don’t miss our next update.

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