They say everything is bigger in Texas, but what if you’re looking to make your book collection a little smaller? Look no further! We’ve gathered together some fantastic local organizations who will be only too glad to take your used books in Austin.

Why not also check out our newly created book donation map of America, showing the best places to donate books in Austin and everywhere else!

Austin Texas

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Book Spring

Locations: 2006 Greenbrook Parkway, Austin TX 78723
Hours: 24 hour book drop
Donation Receipt: No

How to Donate

The perfect place for donating children’s books, Book Spring are an organization focused on increasing children’s literacy skills. Currently dedicated to providing books to over 80,000 children living in poverty within the region they aim to increase home libraries, and the love of reading for all children. Firmly believing that all children have the right to books, your donations will be distributed to those in need.

They take books for all ages, including board books and picture books, and they also have a handy guide for the full criteria of donated books which can be downloaded here

The book drop address above is available 24/7 but they do request that you fill in this form first, so that your donations are not left out in the elements for too long.

Inside Books Project

Locations: 3106 East 14 1/2 Street, Austin TX 78702 OR Bouldin Creek Café – 1900 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
Hours: Tues, Fri & Sat 10am-5pm. Wed & Thurs 12pm-7pm
Donation Receipt: No

How to Donate

The only books-to-prisoners program in Texas, Inside Books Project looks to help rehabilitate prisoners through literature. They send over 35,000 books to prisoners in Texas every year, all of which have been repurposed through public donations. If you have gently used books to donate, they have two handy locations for you to drop them off. The one on East 14 1/2 Street is a small drop box on the side of the building, while the other is located within Bouldin Creek Café – so you can grab a coffee as you contribute to this worthy cause. 

They do have a list of the types of books they cannot accept, most of which is common sense (e.g. no books which contain nudity, or books which are spiral bound), but for the full list visit their website where there is also a list of books they are in greatest need of.

Recycled Reads

Locations: 5335 Burnet Rd., Austin, TX, 78756
Hours: Thursdays Noon-7:30pm, Fri-Sun Noon-5:30pm
Donation Receipt: No

How to Donate

A part of the Austin Public Library, Recycled Reads uses all profits from book sales to keep the public service going. As well as your donated books, they also take and sell all of Austin Public Library’s discarded material, such as slightly outdated editions and duplicate copies of books they already have. 

As long as your donations are in good condition there’s no text they don’t accept, making this a perfect place to recycle those unwanted and unused textbooks. No donation is deemed too big, so if you’re having a massive clear out, this is definitely the place to go.

Due to COVID-19 related circumstances, they are currently not open or accepting donations. Keep an eye on their website for updates.


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Where To Donate Books in Austin: The Spark Notes

  • Book Spring
  • Inside Books Project
  • Recycled Reads

So there you have it, a full list of places in most need of your unwanted books. We’ve made sure to include options for different types of books you may wish to donate, so make sure you choose the organization which fits your style best.