Look around. Do you see books in every nook and cranny of the house?
I did, and it was a pitiful sight. We, like many, love to read and it seemed as though the walls were starting to crumble down around us with the piles and stacks of books. Now is the perfect time to clear out those books.
We’ve rounded up a list of organizations that take book donations around the Kalamazoo area. Put the kids to work sorting out what they won’t read and bring them along when you donate so they can experience the joy of giving back to the community.
Book Donations – Libraries
Kalamazoo Public Library / Central Branch
It’s easy to donate at the KPL. In the parking lot, locate the doors marked “friends donations“. The door is unlocked from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Saturday. There is a cart inside the door to put donations and make sure to grab a receipt for tax purposes. Donations may also be dropped off at the store during Friends Bookstore hours, or put in wall slot outside the store during regular library hours. Books and related items accepted:
- Adult and children’s materials
- Books (fiction – both current and classic, nonfiction – relevant and current)
- Audiobooks, CDs, Cassettes, DVDs, Videos
Portage District Library
Book donations can be made any time the Library is open, except for the week of a scheduled book sale. Donation location is at the marked book bin located near the checkout desk. Books and related items accepted:
- Fiction and Non-fiction Books
- Children’s Books
- CD’s, Games, Puzzles, Records, Tapes, Videos
Other Local Libraries
A listing of Southwest Michigan area libraries that accept book donations:
Otsego District Public Library
Paw Paw District Library
Richland Community Library
Van Buren District Library – Antwerp Sunshine Branch
Ransom District Library
Comstock District Library
McKay Library (Augusta-Ross Township District Library) (books accepted January – June)
Book Donations – Outreach Centers
Kalamazoo Gospel Mission | Rescued Treasures 324. N. Burdick, Kalamazoo | 269-345-2974)
Kalamazoo Gospel Mission accepts donations of books, records and tapes.
Portage Community Center | 325. E. Centre, Portage | (269) 323-1942
PCC accepts books in good condition. Donation hours – Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Valley Thrift Store | 8700 Shaver Rd. Portage, MI 49024 | (269) 492-0575
Valley Thrift Store accepts books in good condition during business hours.
Second Impressions Thrift Store | 3750 S. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo | 269-345-7757
Proceeds from the thrift store help to offset tuition expenses for Kalamazoo Christian students and their families. The store accepts book donations.
The Salvation Army accepts donations of books, CD’s, and DVD’s.
Goodwill accepts donations of books, records, CDs, videotapes and DVD’s.
Charitable Union | 85 Calhoun Street, Battle Creek | (269) 964-7234
Charitable Union is a non-profit organization that helps provide services to individuals in the greater Battle Creek area.
Other Book Donation Options
For a unique experience, find a Little Free Library in your surrounding neighborhood. A Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange. They come in many shapes and sizes, but the most common version is a small wooden box of books. If you want to give a few books, simply put them in a Little Free Library book exchange near you. Locate one HERE.
Kazoo Books | 2413 Parkview Ave., Kalamazoo (269) 553-6506
An independent, locally-owned bookstore, Kazoo Books will provide store credit for clean, unmarked books based on need and available space. These trade-ins are evaluated on a book-by-book basis. Store credit received can be used on any used book.
PIN for Reference