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.

Visit the Book Bank to donate books today! We accept donations of new and gently used books, up to five total boxes, anytime we are open. 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 too kind at this time of year, 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.***

Location: 45 Bristol Street, New Haven CT 06511
Phone: 203-752-1923

Monday 1:00 – 7:00 PM
Tuesday 1:00 – 7:00 PM
Wednesday 1:00 – 7:00 PM
Thursday 1:00 – 6:00 PM
Friday 12:00 – 6:00 PM

Saturday 10:00AM – 2:00PM

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.

Book Donations Guidelines

  • Donations that exceed five boxes must be scheduled ahead of time with the Book Bank Director. (This helps us manage the donations area.)
  • We do not accept travel guides, encyclopedias, magazines, VHS tapes, cassette tapes, multiple copies of textbooks, 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, book donations be packed flat.

If you’d like to schedule a large 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.