45 Bristol Street, New Haven, CT 06511 information@newhavenreads.org 203-752-1923

Book Bank Donations

NHR student happily displays books she received in a giveaway.

**Note: Our hours and donation policies have changed slightly because of COVID-19. Please be sure to read all of our policies before making a donation.**

Visit the Book Bank to donate books today! We accept donations of new and gently used books by appointment only. If you would like to schedule an appointment, you can give us a call or email books@newhavenreads.org. We also recruit individuals and organizations to run children’s book drives for the Book Bank. For more information, please scroll down to our Book Donations Guidelines.

***We appreciate all donations; however, we cannot accept any donations left outside the building. The weather is not always favorable, and any books left outside are subject to be damaged. Unfortunately, if the books are damaged, we are unable to find them a new home with one of our families.***

Contact Info

Location: 45 Bristol Street, New Haven CT 06511
Phone: 203-752-1923
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 12:00PM – 4:00PM. We are currently accepting donations by appointment Monday through Friday 12:15PM – 3:30PM.

Please note that these hours are subject to frequent change according to our programs calendar. It is always best to call ahead or check our Facebook page for any closures or changes. We apologize for any inconvenience.


  • All donations must be scheduled ahead of time with the Book Bank Director. We cannot make any appointments the day of. You can call us or email the Book Bank Director to schedule an appointment.
  • We do not accept travel guides, encyclopedias, magazines, VHS tapes, cassette tapes, textbooks more than 10 years from their copyright date, or books in poor condition (e.g. falling apart, moldy, water logged, etc.).
  • We do not accept book donations when we are closed, except by appointment. We ask that, whenever possible, all donations are packaged in a way that will allow the boxes to close. This will ensure that we have enough room to accommodate as many donations as possible.
  • If you’d like to schedule a donation, schedule a donation outside of our regular hours, run a book drive, or have a different question, please email books@newhavenreads.org!

    Trying to donate something else and not sure where to take it? Check out The Downsizing Donation Guide: A Resource for Residents of New Haven County, compiled by Elaine Piraino-Holevoet for Recycle CT.