Have you recently cleared out your cupboards and shelves and realised just how many books you’re keeping and not loving? If you’re from Houston and aren’t sure where to donate old books, then this is the guide for you! 

We’ve compiled a list of four organizations doing great work in Houston, so you can donate books to your local scheme in the city.

Houston Public Library

Locations: Various across Houston.

For the primary Book Warehouse:
6510 West Little York Road
Houston, Texas 77040

Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4pm.
Donation Receipt: Unknown
Website: https://www.houstonlibraryfoundation.org/donatebooks/

How to Donate

Drop your donation box (2 or less) to your nearest HPL branch. You can find your local one here.

Houston Public Library accepts:

  • Hard and paperback books in good condition
  • School textbooks
  • Antique and rare books
  • CDs and DVDs
  • Apple products
  • Trade manuals

They do not accept:

  • Law books
  • Damaged books 
  • Magazines
  • Encyclopedias from 2011 or older

Where to Donate Books in Houston

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Books Between Kids

Location: 9947 Harwin Dr. Suite B & C, Houston, TX 77036
Hours: Unknown
Donation Receipt: Unknown
Website: https://www.booksbetweenkids.org/give-books/

How to Donate

Books they are accepting:

  • Story books
  • Chapter books
  • Spanish or dual language books

They cannot accept books that are:

  • Yellowed or discolored
  • Coloring books, sticker books, puzzle books
  • Inappropriate for children
  • Religious
  • Filled with excess writing

Large amounts of books should be dropped off at the Books Between Kids warehouse. Please note, the warehouse is only open a few days a week so you should schedule the drop off in advance. Drop off locations also include Speedy Printing and Michael’s Cookie Jar – their addresses can be found on the website.

Belize Bookworms

Location: Belize Bookworms/BF, 3340B Greens Rd, Suite #450, Houston, TX 77032
Hours: Unknown
Donation Receipt: Unknown
Website: https://www.belizebookworms.com/donate

How to Donate

A great way to donate books in Houston while also helping fund initiatives in other countries too. By donating your unwanted books to Belize Bookworms, you’re helping provide books to free libraries in San Pedro and Ambergris Caye, in Belize. Ship your books to the address above, or take a look at their Amazon wish list.

Center for Hearing and Speech

Location: 3636 West Dallas, Houston, TX 77019
Hours: Unknown
Donation Receipt: Unknown
Website: https://www.centerhearingandspeech.org/book-donation/

How to Donate

All book donations can be delivered directly to the center’s librarian, Layne Mason at the address above, email them here. Each book that is featured on their Amazon wish list has been specifically selected to aid the needs of their students.


Where to Donate Books in Houston

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Where To Donate Books in Houston: The Spark Notes

  • Houston Public Library
  • Books Between Kids
  • Belize Bookworms
  • Center for Hearing and Speech

Et voila! Hopefully this guide of the best places to donate books in Houston has encouraged you to donate the books that have been unloved gathering dust for all this time.