Donating Books in the Northampton Area

Looking for a place to donate books? Consider these local options. Looking to donate something else? Check out Who Takes What.

Forbes Library
Forbes Library accepts donations of new and almost-new books, audio books, and DVD’s in excellent, clean condition to be considered for addition into the collection or for the ongoing book sale. Read more about donating books to Forbes Library.
The Shed – book exchange.
Northampton DPW Locust St. Transfer Station – 125 Locust St., Northampton
City-of-Northampton residents with an appropriate vehicle sticker may take books to the shed. Coordinated by volunteers, the shed accepts books except text books and magazines.
Northampton High School
Hardcover book donations in nice condition are accepted at the high school library that are age appropriate and in line with the curriculum. No media or periodicals, please. Contact librarian Gail Terranova at
JFK Middle School, Florence
The JFK Middle School library accepts contemporary fiction and non-fiction books, media and periodicals in nice condition that are age appropriate. Contact librarian Gilana Chelimsky at
Hampshire County Jail & House of Correction
205 Rocky Hill Rd., Northampton
Book donations are accepted for the library, specifically vocational training, self-help and fiction – all mainly in paperback. Call first. Contact librarian Robert McCrea at 413-584-5911 x1254.
VA Medical Center
The VA in Leeds maintains general and medical libraries which take paperbacks in good condition (except, please, no Readers Digest condensed or romance novels). Call first. Contact librarian Joe Kulis, 413-584-4040 x2432.
New Directions School
Part of the Cutchins Programs, New Directions School is a Chapter 766-approved private school providing special-education services to 30 NCFF residential and day students. They are especially in need of children’s picture books. Contact Education Coordinator Justin Smith, at 413-584-1310 x327.
Reader to Reader
This Amherst-based organization takes your books and sends them to under-resourced school and public libraries that are in need.
Franklin County Jail, Greenfield
The Franklin County Jail accepts media, periodicals and books in nice condition. Paperback books only, with an emphasis on literature and vocational training. Contact Dr. Reza Namin, Director of Education Programs, 413-774-4014 x2108.