Donate Books

We are currently ONLY ACCEPTING SPECIFIC HIGH-DEMAND GENRES. Our needs may change over time, so keep checking this page for updates. We can only accept donations of soft cover books. Donations must be in very good or good condition (so no writing or highlighting, no torn pages or covers, etc).

We are ONLY accepting the following genres of books. If you have soft cover books that fit these categories ONLY, please email us ( to schedule a time to drop them off. As of March 2020, book donations are by appointment only.

  • Dictionaries (English, Spanish-English, Law, Medical)
  • Black non-fiction books. For example about civil rights, black power, black movements, black liberation. See our Amazon wishlist for ideas.
  • How to draw books
  • How-to books on: automotive repair, electrical or other home repair, and gardening
  • Business (how to start or run a business, in particular in NC)
  • Fiction books in Spanish
  • GED or Adult Basic Education Materials
  • Westerns [NEW! Added back to list 1/13/2019!]
  • Thrillers    [Added to list 9/12/18!]
  • Urban fiction [Added to list 9/12/18!]  (Some examples. See this article about the genre)
  • True Crime [Added to list 9/12/18!]  (Some sources/ideas from: Esquire, Time, AbeBooks)
  • Self-help [Added to list 9/12/18!]

Again, the above categories of books are the only types we are accepting at this time. Thanks for your interest!

Book Drives and Book Drop Off Sites

Please contact us if your business, church, or other organization can help us collect books that fit the above high-demand genres!


  1. Dan Lewis

    Can you use chess books?

    1. Prison Books Collective (Post author)


  2. Autumn

    How about urban fiction?

    1. Prison Books Collective (Post author)


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