The Book Bank is a unique resource that is neither a library nor a bookstore. Rather, all of our gently used books are free, and they may be kept and enjoyed for years to come. Each year we give out over 115,000 books, some of which have ended up as far afield as Georgia and Sierra Leone.
First-time visitors to the Book Bank will find hundreds of children’s and adult books sorted into categories and shelved in both our main front room and the larger back room. Visitors are limited to five children’s, board, or picture books per day (per child); there is no limit on other books.
Location: 45 Bristol Street, New Haven CT 06511
We are currently accepting donations by appointment.
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.
Founded to share the joy and power of reading, New Haven Reads partners with the community to provide free 1-on-1 tutoring, educational family support, and a book bank to empower aspiring readers to master the literacy skills needed to thrive in school and life.