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There are many reasons why you might want to get rid of your old books. Maybe you’ve read them all and don’t have room for them anymore, or maybe you just don’t think they’re worth keeping around.

Whatever the reason, getting rid of books can be a challenge. You could try selling them online or in person, but that can be a lot of work, and there’s no guarantee that you will get what you want for them. You can hire a professional declutterer or organizer to come in and help you out, but that can be expensive.

Fortunately, there are a few profit or non-profit places where your declutterer can help you drop off your unwanted books for free or for a small fee. Here are our top ten suggestions:

1. Local Libraries

Most libraries are happy to accept donations of books that they can add to their collections. Contact your local library to see what their policy is for accepting donations. While they usually won’t buy books from you, they may agree to accept them for free.

2. Used Bookstores

Used bookstores often buy used books from customers, so it’s worth checking out if there is one near you. They generally pay less than what the book would cost new, but it’s a great way to get rid of a lot of books quickly.

3. Charities and Thrift Stores

Charities often accept book donations, especially if they are in good condition. It’s best to contact the charity beforehand to make sure they can accept the books you have. If not, there may be a thrift store or other organization near you that will take them.

4. Schools and Daycares

Schools and daycares are always looking for books to use in the classroom or library, so it’s worth giving them a call to see if they can accept any donations.

5. Friends and Neighbors

Don’t forget about your friends and neighbors! Chances are, someone you know would love to get their hands on any books you’re willing to part with. A declutterer or organizer can also help you manage your book collection to deliver the best homes for them.

6. Online Book Exchanges

Online book exchange websites like PaperBackSwap let you trade your books for others that other users have posted. This is a great option if you don’t mind waiting for your new books to arrive.

7. Book Buyback Programs

Many bookstores and online retailers have book buyback programs where they will purchase used books from customers. These programs usually pay less than what the book would cost new, but it’s still a great way to get some money back on your old books.

8. Reuse and Recycling Centers

Your local reuse or recycling center may accept book donations, so it’s worth checking with them to see what their policy is. Most centers will accept books that are in good condition, but they may not be able to take everything you have.

9. Book Drives

Look for book drives in your area, which are usually organized by charities or other organizations. Book drives collect books to give to people who need them, so it’s a great way to get rid of your old books while helping out those in need.

10. Freecycle Groups

Freecycle groups are online communities where people can post items that they’re giving away for free. Look for one in your area and see if anyone is interested in taking your books off your hands.


No matter which option you choose, it’s important to make sure that the books are still in good condition before donating them or selling them. That way, you can be sure that they will find a good home and still be of use to someone. With these 10 suggestions, you’ll be able to get rid of your unwanted books in no time.

Don’t forget to contact a declutterer if you need help getting your book collection under control. They will be able to help you make the best decisions on where and how to donate your books.

Good luck!