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.
**Note: Our policy has changed due to COVID-19. All visitors are limited to 10 books per visit. We have also imposed a 30 minute time limit.**
Location: 45 Bristol Street, New Haven CT 06511
Due to the rising COVID-19 cases in New Haven, the book bank is closed until further notice. Please keep an eye on our social media regarding updates on reopening.
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.
New Haven Reads increases the literacy skills of children by providing individually tailored one-on-one after school tutoring, educational family support, and a community book bank, all at no cost to participants.