Books, Movies, CDs, Audiobooks, Cell Phones, Old Laptops, iPods, iPads, Collectibles, etc! (If you simply wish to mail cellphones and other electronic gadgets to us, please visit Donate Gadgets)
All donations are 100% tax deductible.
Please ensure all items are in excellent condition.
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 We can only accept items we know we can use - we will not take books that are in poor condition or out-of-date.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.
-Encyclopedia Britannica sets from the year 2010 to the present.
-DVD, Blu-Ray and classic or obscure VHS (meaning pre-1970; or very limited release more obscure movies).
-CDs: Music, instructional, videogames, etc.
-Audiobooks on CD (any on cassette we cannot do much with).
-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!
-Book sale leftovers: We can only accept leftover paperback fiction (mass market sized and trade paperbacks) and self-help or parenting books that are in very good condition or better.
We do NOTneed:
-Hardcover fiction without a dust jacket, hardcover fiction with a torn dust jacket
-Textbooks more than three years old. This includes high school and collegiate textbooks
-Travel guides more than four years old.
-Romance novels in paper or hardback
-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.
-Magazines, with rare exceptions.
-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).
-Lastly, please be aware that we may not be able to use books with highlighting or underlining, or other forms of damage.
Items may be shipped to or dropped off at our Used Book Store in Washington, DC or to our Book Distribution Facility in Fairfax, VA.
Store 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