Building and improving libraries in schools, shelters, prisons and more
Supporting reading and education programs
Providing children with their first take-home books.
They need your books
Books for America has given grants of more than $4.8 million worth of books and materials to schools, shelters and dozens of other educational programs and organizations. Help us keep expanding our reach - please donate YOUR books now! We can make great use of your books, DVDs, music and educational CDs, Cell Phones, old laptops, digital cameras and many other items. Learn More
Books for America is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Washington, DC that is having a huge impact on thousands of disadvantaged individuals. Our mission is to promote literacy, life-long learning and understanding by distributing donated new and used books of all types and other forms of educational media to organizations serving disadvantaged communities and individuals.
Because we collect all types of books, we are able to provide books to people of all ages. This makes Books for America unique among most non-profit organizations in the United States. Recipients include adult and youth literacy programs, youth centers, transitional homeless shelters, hospitals, inner-city and rural schools, military bases, assisted living communities for seniors, veterans hospitals, women's shelters, hospices, and other such organizations.
We obtain needed items from individuals and organizations, and from donation drives held in communities. Items you wish to donate could also be shipped directly to us.
Books for America is making great strides in fighting illiteracy and increasing knowledge and understanding - but we need your help!
You can help instill an excitement for reading in our most disadvantaged children - visit Why Donate to find out how!
Research has shown that simply giving children books may be as effective as summer school - and a lot cheaper. Over the last 20 years...low-income students simply have less access to print.Greg Toppo, USA TODAY
Whether rich or poor, residents of the United States or China, illiterate or college graduates, parents who have books in the home increase the level of education their children will attain.Mariah Evans, Research In Stratification and Mobility
61 percent of low-income families have no books at all in their homes for their children. Families living in poverty must use their financial resources to pay for food and shelter, not books.Reading Literacy in the United States
There is a common theme among our underperforming children - they don't own books.United States Department of Education
Come visit our used bookstore in Dupont Circle! Selling some of the books that are donated to us is a fundraising tool for us. But since our entire mission is to get books into people's hands, you get fantastic books at ridiculously low prices!We have current bestsellers, art, history, philosophy, tons of cookbooks, and much, much more. Books for America - a Bookstore with a Purpose 1417 22nd Street, NW (22nd & P) Washington, DC 20037 202.835.2665 Hours: Mon, Fri & Sat 10-6; Tue-Thu 10-9; Sun 11-5