Book Donations

Donation days

Unfortunately, we are still unable to accept book donations outside of designated donation events. We have a large backlog of boxed books in our off-site warehouse, and the pandemic has made it hard to get them sorted and given away.

However, the need for kids’ books is great, and our stock is low, so…

  • We will be accepting donations of books for children and young adults ONLY from 9a-2p on Sunday, Nov. 14.
  • We will not be accepting any books that aren’t for children or young adults.
  • There is no limit on the number of children’s/YA books that you may donate. However, if you have a whole truckload, please fill out the Contact form and we’ll set up a separate donation appointment for you to make good use of everyone’s time.
  • We will need to check that your donation meets our definition of children’s or YA books before we can accept it. As a result, there may be a line at donation intake. Thank you in advance for your patience.

What counts as a kids’ book?

For our purposes, kids’ books include all pleasure reading — both fiction and nonfiction — for children and teens roughly ages 0 through 18. The key is that these are books kids want to read, or to have read to them. They might be board books, picture books, chapter books, or young adult novels. They could be books about animals or firefighters or world records or anything that kids get excited about, provided they are at an age-appropriate reading level. What they are not is workbooks, textbooks, handwriting practice, math facts, spelling drills, or other such educational materials used in the teaching of children. If it has exercises or comprehension checks, that’s a good clue that it’s not suitable. The kids who ask Mom or Dad to read the 7 times-table as a bedtime story are few and far between!

What if I have non-kids’ books to donate?

We know many of you have been saving books for us to share with the rest of the community, and we’re grateful for that. We held two general donation days in summer 2021. We don’t have any more general donation days scheduled at this time; the next one is likely to be in early 2022.

If you leave book donations outside our building, you may be cited by the City for illegal dumping. Thank you for your understanding.

There are currently no restrictions on wish list supplies or non-book donations.

Please support us through our charity page at the PayPal Giving Fund. We will receive 100% of your donation, with no fees to you or us. If you are located out-of-state, please use this option.

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If you are local to Maryland, you may also donate via Donorbox using the form below:

The IRS has reinstated our nonprofit status. According to our IRS determination letter dated Nov. 13, 2020, donors may deduct contributions they make to us, and we are eligible to receive tax-deductible bequests, devises, transfers, or gifts.  Please consult a tax professional if you need information about how our retroactive reinstatement affects prior donations made during the revocation period.

A copy of the current financial statement of The Book Thing of Baltimore, Inc. is available by writing to 3001 Vineyard Ln., Baltimore MD 21218. Documents and information submitted under the Maryland Solicitations Act are also available, for the cost of postage and copies, from the Maryland Secretary of State, State House, Annapolis MD 21401, (410) 974-5534.


You can also help the Book Thing by providing any items on our wish list. We are also looking for any old Book Thing photographs!

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