We can use books; DVDs; CDs; Audiobooks; Legos, Playmobil and other such toys; Cell Phones; Old Laptops; iPods; iPads; Collectibles, etc! Please ensure all items are in excellent condition. All donations are 100% tax deductible.
During an in-store donation or a home pick-up, we will take a quick survey of the books (please scroll down for drop-off and pick-up information). We can only accept items we know we can use - we will not take books that are in poor condition or out-of-date. It costs us a lot of time and effort to dispose of unusable books, so please understand that we cannot accept these.
What We Need
-Children's books - both hardcover and softcover.
-Softcover fiction. We have to be very picky about ADULT HARDCOVER FICTION (it is very difficult to donate hardcover fiction novels to shelters, prisons, etc.). In hardcover format, we are only seeking the more literary authors (i.e., Nobel Prize in Literature winners, authors such as Philip Roth, Salman Rushdie, etc.) and classic literature. We will accept hardcover fiction from more popular authors (i.e., John Grisham, Janet Evanovich, etc.) as long as they were published in the current year or last year. Please give us a call if you have questions about your hardbacks.
-Hardcover and softcover non-fiction including art, cookbooks, history, foreign language, psychology, sports, coffee-table books, nutrition, self-help, music, etc. All books must be in excellent condition.
-Encyclopedia Britannica sets and yearbooks from 2000 to the present.
-DVDs and BluRay movies.
-Audiobooks on CD; we do not accept audiobooks on cassette tape.
-Lego and Playmobil sets and piles of assorted pieces (incomplete sets are fine as are miscellaneous pieces).
-Used laptops, digital cameras, cell phones, etc.
-Collectible items such as antique or autographed books, vintage magazines, comic books, memorabilia, figurines, jewelry, watches, etc. are very useful - we will auction them and use the proceeds to fund our programs. You will receive a tax-deduction for the full auction value of the item!
We Do NOT Need
-Hardcover fiction without a dust jacket, hardcover fiction with a torn dust jacket, popular hardcover fiction older than 2 years.
-Textbooks more than three years old. This includes high school and collegiate textbooks
-Travel guides more than three years old.
-Romance novels (we can only use them very sparingly so we tend not to take most).
-Ex-library books or ex-rental DVDs/CDs/Videogames.
-Magazines, with rare exceptions.
-VHS tapes or cassette tapes.
-Yellowed or damaged books. Please also keep an eye out for cracked spines, loose pages, and "foxing," which looks like little yellow or brown spots across the top edge of the book's pages. Also, books that have been stored for a long time in a basement or attic could possibly have book mold across the top edges of the book's pages.
-Outdated books - including business/management/real estate books older than 6 years; politics or current events older than one year; any edition of "What Color Is Your Parachute" besides the current edition; think-tank/policy speciality books unless they are from the current year; items that look dated or just plain old (unless antique).
-Book Sale "leftovers"
Items may be shipped to or dropped off at our Used Bookstore in Washington, DC or to our Book Distribution Facility in Fairfax, VA.
Used Bookstore Books for America - A Bookstore with a Purpose 1417 22nd Street, NW (near the corner of 22nd & P NW in Dupont Circle) Washington, DC 20037 (202) 835-2665 For directions, click here