Clear off your shelves… And make room for more books!


There are not that many options in this city for those wishing to get rid of books, whatever the reason – kids grew, parents died, moving or simply downsizing. Here are some ideas of what you can do:

The Big Brooklyn Book Sale – Once a year, you can drop your book donations off at Brooklyn Central Library and that time is now. You can drop the books off at the lobby during open hours leading up to the Annual Book Sale, which this year will take place on October 20th between 9am and 3pm. Books are affordably priced at $1 for kids books and paperbacks and $3 for a hardcover edition. Proceeds fund the library, whatever is not sold is donated for resale with a portion supporting the Brooklyn Public Library. For donations requiring more than a carload of books please contact 718.230.2774, more details here.

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Friends of Cortelyou Library are also holding a book sale – this weekend, Saturday, October 13, and you can drop off books at the library leading up to the event. They will be accepting book donations October 5-12 during open hours at the library.

Housing Works accepts used books in good condition.

Books Through Bars donations are dropped off at Freebird Books, 123 Columbia Street, Brooklyn, NY. (718) 643-8484. BTB guidelines. Paperbacks preferred.

You could try to trade them in through Amazon or sell them through Bookscouter.

Big Reuse in Gowanus takes books.

Our neighbor places books into the Little Free Library on E. 4th Street, between Caton Avenue and Fort Hamilton Parkway.

There are a handful of Little free libraries across Brooklyn, and there is always the option of leaving some in a box on your stoop – preferably on a day when no rain is expected. there seems to be no comprehensive list of the Little Free Libraries, so please add in comments and I will update with the ones you know.

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  1. I’m an artist starting a project called “Generous Booklyn” I take gently used kids books on the subway and hand out one to every parent and child who want to accept it. So far I’ve just used the books people put out for free, but soon I’ll be ready to up my game with a larger volume.


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