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Books for America has donated more than 1 MILLION (!) books to schools, shelters, prisons, hospitals, boys and girls clubhouses and many, many additional organizations in Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland.
Let's keep it going! Donate your gently-used books, CDs and DVDs to Books for America and help us continue this important work.
Launched in Washington, DC back in 2002, Books for America operated until 2016 as a non-profit organization. We accepted donations of gently-used books and used more than 1 MILLION of them to build and improve libraries in schools, shelters and many other educational organizations. Unfortunately, as with many other local charities, financial realities were daunting. Operating as a non-profit was also quite constraining and we eventually chose to change the operating format of Books for America.
Books for America is now a perfect example of social entrepreneurship - a for-profit company which operates almost solely for the public good. We still collect donations of books (both for children and adult), CDs and DVDs. Children's books we collect will primarily be donated to local teachers, schools and other organizations. Books for adults, CDs and DVDS will primarily be sold and after we pay our bills and reasonable salaries for our employees, the remaining profits will be donated to many educational organizations in DC, Virginia and Maryland.
Please note that as a for-profit book re-use organization, we cannot provide a tax receipt for donations of books.
All books, CDs and DVDs we collect must be in excellent condition. If you have a large amount of books to donate (250 or more) we might be able to share a portion of the expected resale value with you. We are happy to review your collection and discuss this with you. For individual books valued at $75 or higher, our sister company, Alexandria Fine Consignments, will be happy to consign them for you. Alexandria Fine Consignments handles rare and antiquarian books and documents, jewelry, collectibles and many other fine items.
Again, we are seeking books of high quality. Books must be in excellent condition and have been published recently. The exception is rare or antiquarian books. When we arrive at your home or office to pick up the books, we must scan through the books to ensure we only take what we know we can use (disposal of out-of-date books is expensive and back-breaking!). We have been in the book business for nearly 20 years so we often can do this by sight. Though occasionally we will need to use our scanning device to check on value and saleability. We operate with great care and speed and will not take up much of your time.
Please give us a call at 202.997.1597 to arrange a pickup in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.