If you’re in Cleveland and not sure where to donate your old books, don’t look any further! We’ve compiled a list with the top places to donate books in Cleveland.

These organizations are doing fantastic work in their communities, and this list provides you with all the up-to-date information, from where you can find them, their hours, and what’s accepted and what’s not!

Donating books is a great way to declutter your home, but also help make someone’s life a bit better – because everyone loves books, right? Whether the books are being sold on, or being given to someone in need, you’re doing a lovely deed that will stay with you.

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

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Kids’ Book Bank

Warehouse Location: 3635 Perkins Ave., Cleveland, OH 44114 (for a full list of outdoor collection bin locations, see the PDF here.)
Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 9am-5pm
Donation Receipt: Unknown
Website: https://www.kidsbookbank.org/

How to Donate

The Kids’ Book Bank is a great organization that specifically deals with book donations in Cleveland. You can help the organization by donating the books to their outdoor collection bins, or by stocking the “Little Free Libraries.”  This is a lovely activity that the whole family can take part in – all you need to do is choose from the Libraries listed, and either take some of your old books to donate or pick up some from their warehouse. 

Heights Library

Locations: See website for “Little Free Libraries”, main address is the Lee Road Branch, 2345 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
Hours: Monday – Friday: 9am-9pm; Saturday: 9am-5:30pm
Donation Receipt: Yes
Website: https://heightslibrary.org/services/community-outreach/little-free-libraries/

How to Donate

Heights Libraries offer a brilliant “give a book, take a book” program via their own version of the “Little Free Libraries.” You can find these locations at the web address above.

You can also drop off your books and DVDs to the FRIENDS Bookshop – but please call (216) 932-3600, ext 1234 first to arrange this. You can also email the bookshop at info@friendsheightslibraries.org. You can also drop off your books at the Lee Road branch during business hours.

Heights Library encourages the donations of the following items:

  • Coffee table books
  • Arts books
  • Cooking books
  • African American literature
  • Children’s books
  • Textbooks (no older than 2 years)
  • Fiction

They do not accept the following:

  • Computer and technology books older than 3 years
  • Books in poor condition or that are written in
  • CD’s, DVD’s and VHS tapes that are homemade or are missing covers

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Cuyahoga County Public Library

Location: To find your local branch, enter your zip code here.
Monday – Thursday: 9am-9pm
Friday – Saturday: 9am-5:30pm
Sunday: 1pm-5pm
Donation Receipt: Unknown
Website: https://www.cuyahogalibrary.org/

How to Donate

The library suggests that before donating, to contact your local branch to ensure that the books donated will be accepted.

The following items are not accepted:

  • Dirty, broken or books with missing pages
  • Textbooks more than 2-5 years old
  • Mail order catalogs
  • Most magazines, except:
    • Craft magazines
    • Gardening magazines
    • News magazines, no older than 3 months
  • Medical or health books over 8 years old.

West Side Catholic Center

Location: 3135 Lorain Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113
Hours: Monday – Friday: 9am-1pm
Donation Receipt: Unknown
Website: https://www.wsccenter.org/inkinddonations

How to Donate

The West Side Catholic Center isn’t a book-specific charity, in fact, they do all sorts of good work in the local community and accept a wide variety of items, but among these they ask for children’s books in good condition. They will also take recent copies of any magazines you have lying around for their Resource Center. We recommend getting in touch with them to arrange a donation.

The Bookshelf (Medina and Wadsworth)

Locations: Medina 105 W Liberty St, Medina, OH 44256; Wadsworth 130 Main St, Wadsworth, OH 44281
Hours: Monday – Friday: 10am-5pm; Saturday: 10am-4pm
Donation Receipt: Yes
Website: https://www.projectlearnmedina.org/book-stores

How to Donate

The Bookshelf has two locations in Northeast Ohio, as well as a store in Brunswick. Its Medina store is currently the only used bookstore in Medina county! They ask that you donate book during their open hours by dropping them off in store.

They are generally accepting of most books and audio-books, however they don’t accept:

  • Encyclopedias
  • Computer books/medical books/business books older than 5 years
  • Ccndensed books
  • Magazines

Where to Donate Books in Cleveland: The Spark Notes

  • Kids’ Book Bank
  • Heights Library
  • Cuyahoga County Public Library
  • West Side Catholic Center
  • The Bookshelf (Medina and Wadsworth)

And there we go, a list of great places to go donate books in Cleveland. We hope that this guide has inspired you to donate those unloved books that are gathering dust on your shelf – just think about the great causes you could support by doing a little spring cleaning!