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Book Donations

We greatly appreciate your desire to donate books to the Library, however we often do not have the space to accept large donations.  Or, we may not have the need for the particular books you would like to donate.  Therefore, we suggest also checking with these local organizations to see if they have a need for your books.

Please note: books that are donated to the Library that do not get added to our collection may be sold to raise money for Library events and services.

Boys & Girls Club of Woburn
Charles Gardner Lane
Woburn, MA 01801

St. Charles Elementary School
282 Main Street
Woburn, MA 01801

Hands Across the Water
79 Central Street
Stoneham, MA 02180
This is a “Book collection charity to promote literacy and education for all.” It seeks every type and style of book, on all topics of interest, both fiction and nonfiction. The nearest collection center is at 500 Cummings Park, at the left rear of the parking lot.

Salvation Army – Wilmington
625 Main Street
Wilmington, MA 01887

Salvation Army – Saugus
Route 1 South, 209 Broadway
Saugus, MA 01960
Donations accepted Monday- Friday, 9am-9pm and Saturday, 9am-5pm.  They will pick up books for free.

Read Boston
43 Hawkins Street
Boston, MA 02114
617-635-READ (7323)
Accepts new and slightly used books for children up to 3rd grade.

Got Books?
255 Andover Street
Wilmington, MA 01887
Got Books? is a for-profit company that donates some profits to local non-profit organizations.  They accept most books, including textbooks. However, they cannot take encyclopedias, condensed books or magazines.  They will pick up donations for free, or you can drop off at a number of collection bins around Woburn.

Homeless Services/Friends of Boston’s Homeless
Contact: Marie Sullivan
c/o Long Island Shelter
P.O. Box 158
Boston, MA 02122
617-534-2526, ext. 308
They are especially interested in receiving books for adults and children.  Call for directions.

Prison Book Program
c/o Lucy Parsons Bookstore
1306 Hancock Street, Suite 100
Quincy, MA 02169
This grassroots organization exists for one purpose: to send free books to prisoners.  Note that they do not send books to Massachusetts state prisons, but they do send books to the federal prison in Massachusetts.  They do not accept hardcover books or Reader’s Digest books.  They are especially interested in books on African-American, Latino and Native-American history and culture, religion, current legal self-help guides, trade paperbacks, how-to guides and books on business.

Health Education Library for Patients in Bombay India
Dr. A. N. Malpani is looking for medical material, recent if possible but will take anything. Please send items to:
Michael Patterson
57 Water Street
P.O. Box 332
Granville, MA 01034