Book Donations

Thank you very much for your patience with our limited capacity to accept donations.  We are truly grateful to everyone who has books to donate and share with the community.  Donation days generally coincide with our public openings.

Donation hours are 9a-2p on:

  • Sat, May 11
  • Sun, Jun 9
  • Sat, Jul 13
  • Sun, Aug 11

Please read the important information about hours and donation limits below, and check back because we will update this page if we are able to increase donation limits or expand donation hours.

  • Book donation hours are 9am-2pm on the designated days.
  • If we have to cancel the corresponding public open hours that day, the book donation hours will also be canceled. In the event of extreme weather, please check our website for a possible cancellation before you leave home.
  • The donation limit is 7 boxes per family. Boxes must be small enough that one person can lift them when full.
  • We accept all types of books except encyclopedia sets.
  • We accept all types of popular and hobby magazines, but we can’t accept sets of academic/technical/professional journals.
  • Due to space limitations, we are not accepting media items at this time.
  • We particularly welcome donations of popular fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, mystery, classics, non-diet cookbooks, science topics, English dictionaries, and Bibles. We’re finding it hard to keep these shelves restocked.
  • Please don’t bring us books that are moldy, sticky, stinky, or missing pages/covers. (Missing dust-jackets are not a problem.)
  • If you need a tax receipt for your donation, please mention that right up front. We’ll need to count your books separately. Thanks in advance for your patience!
  • Unfortunately, we can’t come pick up book donations.
  • If you have more than seven boxes of books that you wish to donate, please bring 7 boxes on a scheduled donation day and Contact us separately about the rest.
  • If the scheduled donation days are absolutely impossible for you, please Contact us.

We can only accept book donations as outlined above. If you leave books outside of donation hours, you may be cited by the City for illegal dumping. Thank you for your understanding.

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 Book Thing of Baltimore, Inc is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. 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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Baltimore, MD 21218
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