What To Do with Used Books

Home Stager with Hallmark Sotheby's International Realty & Joyce's Interiors

I have a client that has asked me to do a house sale.  I haven't done one before, but now have a collegues's friend who has experience and has agreed to help.

I was over at the house today and was asked what can they do with used books, mostly paperback.

They could donate them to the local library, but I am fairly certain that there are organizations who would welcome the items.

Does anyone know of any organizations, etc. that would be grateful to receive them?

Thank you in advance.


Michelle Molinari
FEATURE THIS... Real Estate Staging & Interior Decor - Lafayette, LA
Feature This Real, Estate Staging & Curb Appeal Concepts

Many local state parks offer accomodations, and people are always wanting books to read in their cabins (usually no t.v. available). They start a book,, and want to take it with them if they don't finish. If you are near a state park, they would love to have your books...and they will get read!

~ A State Park Book Thief, just trying to rectify my Karma!

Jul 20, 2008 06:05 AM
Richard Mielke
RE/MAX Results - Gettysburg, PA
REALTOR, Gettysburg Pennsylvania Real Estate

You might want to check if there are any used bookstores in the area. Some will give you a credit toward other books in exchange. Also, community centers and senior centers might be interested.

Jul 20, 2008 06:05 AM
Jeff Kennedy
Hot Springs 1st Choice Realty - Hot Springs, AR

Hi Joyce,

I often freecycle books (and other useable items) on my local board.  I find that the folks who respond to the ads for the books are usually schools, libraries which hold book sales (to raise much needed monies for the libraries as often their budgets are cut first in a slow economy) or people who just like to read and cannot afford to buy them.  If any of the books you have are for children; nursery schools are always looking for books as well as those who are starting an at-home day care and need a reading shelf.  If you should decide to join, you can be picky about who you wish to donate the books to but it is usually first come-first serve just to move them on as quickly as possible.  I find that if I am detailed in my ad description and at least state, '4 cookbooks' or '3 paperbacks by so and so', then they go faster and it is less time for me to answer further questions about the ads as often people will respond asking what kind of books I have anyway. 

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Janine Gregor


Jul 20, 2008 06:08 AM
Joyce Zdenek
Hallmark Sotheby's International Realty & Joyce's Interiors - Hopkinton, MA

Thank you everyone for the wealth of information, I greatly appreciate it.

I never posted a blog before joining active rain, I'm always in awe how much information is available.


Jul 20, 2008 06:17 AM
Heather the Realtor Orlando, Lake Mary
LemonTree Realty - Orlando, FL
First Time Home Buyers, Bank Owned Homes

I normally use the library to donate my books which are far and few between but I feel like I am giving back to the community

Jul 20, 2008 06:26 AM
Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

I would say hospitals, nursing homes, retirement communities, and some libraries.

Jul 20, 2008 04:08 PM

I volunteer for Open Books, an organization that offers literacy programs for adults, children and families. To fund the programming they run a used bookstore. Open Books is only operating in Chicago right now, but it's a good possibility there are similar organizations in or around your area.

County jails and prisons are usually desperate for books and typically have few, if any extra funds with which to purchase them.

Jul 21, 2008 01:26 AM
Andy Laughlin - Bellingham, WA

Active Rain can always help, Great comments everyone!! I know if I ever have a question AR is the best place to get an answer!

Jul 22, 2008 05:47 AM
Randy L. Prothero
eXp Realty - Hollister, MO
Missouri REALTOR, (808) 384-5645

Both Goodwill Industries and the Salvation Army take them here and sell them in their thrift stores.  The used book stores will cherry pick them and only take the ones they feel they can sell the easiest.

Jul 23, 2008 08:39 PM
Kathleen Buckley
STAR REALTY Hopkinton - Hopkinton, MA

Hi Joyce Sweetie-

There is a 'Got Books?' book drop (kind of like the ones for clothes) at the white steeple church in Ashland on Northbound Main Steet. 

Hope you are well!


Aug 09, 2008 04:59 PM