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

Book Bank Donations

Visit the Book Bank to donate books today!

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

New Haven Reads is only accepting donations by appointment. If you would like to schedule an appointment to donate new or gently-used books, 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 see our Book Donations Guidelines below.

***We appreciate all donations; however, we cannot accept any donations left outside the building. Any books left outside are subject to be damaged. Unfortunately, if books are damaged, we are unable to find them a new home.***

Contact Info

Location: 45 Bristol Street, New Haven CT 06511
Phone: 203-752-1923
2023-24 School Year Hours: Monday: 1pm-6pm Tuesday: 1pm-7pm Wednesday: 1pm-7pm Thursday: 12pm-6pm Friday: 12pm-6pm Saturday: 10am-2pm We are accepting donations by appointment.

Please note that these hours often change per 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.


  • Please schedule all donations at least one day in advance with the Book Bank Director. To schedule, you can call us or email the Book Bank Director.
  • When we are closed, we do not accept book donations except by appointment.
  • Whenever possible, please package donations 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.
  • We do not accept any of the following:
    • Travel guides
    • Encyclopedias
    • Magazines
    • VHS or cassette tapes
    • Textbooks more than 10 years from their copyright date
    • Books in poor condition (e.g. falling apart, moldy, water logged, etc.).
  • If you’d like to schedule a donation, 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.