The New Haven Reads Community Book Bank depends upon donations from the surrounding community. We give away over 130,000 books each year to area residents, schools, and organizations, and all of our books are free.
Book Bank Location: 45 Bristol Street, New Haven, CT 06511
School Year Hours: Monday – Friday 1:00 – 6:00 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
How do I donate books? What books can I donate?
We accept donations of gently-used and new books during our open hours subject to the following guidelines:
- We are only able to accept up to five boxes of adult books.
- Donations of children’s books that exceed five boxes must be scheduled ahead of time.
- We do not accept encyclopedias, magazines, VHS tapes, multiple copies of textbooks, or books in poor condition (eg falling apart, moldy, water-logged, etc.)
We do not accept donations when we are closed, except by appointment. To schedule a larger donation of children’s books or a drop off outside of our regularly scheduled open hours, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can you pick up my books?
Unfortunately, the Book Bank is unable to pick up donations.
How do I organize a book drive benefiting New Haven Reads?
If you are an individual or organization that would like to arrange a Children’s Book Drive on behalf of New Haven Reads, we would love to speak with you about it. Please email email@example.com.
Where do your books come from?
Our books are mostly donated by individuals or community groups. Some books come to us from libraries and schools.