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Reuse Your Books

A book is one of the easiest paper goods to reuse because it is so convenient to donate and is as useful as a secondhand item as when it is brand new.

There are a number of places to donate, buy, and sell used books both in your area and online. Some of these resources sell used books to the general public, while others donate books to places that need them like public schools and libraries.

Specifics for Donating or Selling Books

Many national charities and organizations accept used book donations:

  • Donate and find used books at Freecycle

  • Sell your books on Craigslist

  • Visit a Salvation Army to donate your used books

  • Donate books and other items to Goodwill. Click here to find a location near you.

  • will help you find a place to donate your books near your neighborhood

City-Specific Guidelines for the Reuse of Books

Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Fort Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Washington D.C.


  1. Environmental Protection Agency [2007] Municipal Solid Waste Generation, Recycling, and Disposal in the United States: Facts and Figures for 2006. Available from: [22-7-08]

  2. NYCWasteLe$$ [2008] New Homes for Old Stuff - Books. Available from: [22-7-08]



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