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American Indian Reservations
Statistics show that, over the course of an entire year, over 90% of tenth graders in reservation schools did not read a single book outside of the classroom. Many reservations accept donations of used books for their local reservation libraries. For further information and donation requirements, please contact the reservation of your choice.
To contact individual tribal governments, click here to go to the website of the National Congress of American Indians, the oldest and largest national Indian organization.
Click here for a list of and links to Native American K12 schools online.
Ihanktonwan Community Library - Marty, South Dakota
Two years ago, the Ihanktonwan Community Library at Ihanktonwan Community College (ICC) comprised 472 books (mostly discarded textbooks) on shelves in a hallway. Since that time, the college has completed a two-story addition that includes a 43' x 49' library which houses over 3,000 books.
The Ihanktonwan Community Library serves the Yankton Sioux Tribe and the surrounding community. Its library, the region's first community library, is also available to students at the Marty Indian School, a K-12 boarding and day school. ICC is affliated with Sinte Gleska University in Mission, SD, but is striving to become a separate entity. In 2008 ICC started bachelor's degree programs in education, human services, and business.
While the library is currently working to expand their academic collection, they would appreciate donations of books and materials in good condition of all types for all ages.
For more information, visit the Ihanktonwan Community College website or contact the library at:Brenda DeHaan
Ihanktonwan Community Library
200 South Main
P.O. Box 295
Marty, SD 57361
Little Priest Tribal College Library - Winnebago, Nebraska
Little Priest Tribal College Library would appreciate donations of both academic and public library materials, especially current paperback mysteries, fantasy, and science fiction. They would prefer books under 10 years old, but cannot use textbooks. They have a fairly extensive collection of Native American books (over 4,000 titles, including children's books).
The Little Priest Tribal College Library is also interested in donations of both fiction and nonfiction DVDs and audiobooks.
For more information, visit the Little Priest Tribal College Library website or contact them at:Mary Austin
Little Priest Tribal College Library
601 E. College Dr.
P.O. Box 270
Winnebago, NE 68071
Tel: (402) 878-2380 X 135
Fax: (402) 878-2355
Nebraska Indian Community College Libraries - Santee and Macy, Nebraska
The Nebraska Indian Community College Libraries serve the communities of the Santee Sioux Indian Reservation in rural northeast Nebraska and the Omaha Indian Reservation in Macy, Nebraska. Santee and Macy are in fairly remote areas, so community members have limited access to Internet technology and other library resources. The libraries would appreciate donations of materials (including scholarly books, fiction or other literature, and children's books) relating to Native Americans, especially the Plains Tribes and most especially those now residing in Nebraska. The libraries would also appreciate donations of popular fiction under 10 years old. At this time, the libraries cannot use textbooks, encyclopedias or other reference sets, or works of classic fiction.
For more information, visit the Nebraska Indian Community College website or contact them at:Mary Johnson
Library Media Specialist
Nebraska Indian Community College, Santee Campus
425 Frazier Ave., N. Suite #1
Niobrara, NE 68760
Tel: (402) 857-2434
Valerie Merrick Memorial Library at Cankdeska Cikana Community College - Fort Totten, North Dakota
Valerie Merrick Memorial Library at Cankdeska Cikana Community College is located in Fort Totten, North Dakota and serves the Spirit Lake Dakota Nation. Valerie Merrick Memorial Library is the only public, tribal library in the area and therefore serves the entire community, including the 6,000 enrolled tribal members. In addition to general donations including paperbacks and supplies, they would appreciate donations for their current projects which include building their children's section and enhancing their Native American collection.
For more information, visit the Valerie Merrick Memorial Library at Cankdeska Cikana Community College website or contact them at:Antonette Halsey
Institutional Development and Library Services
Valerie Merrick Memorial Library
Cankdeska Cikana Community College
P.O. Box 269 - 214 First Avenue
Fort Totten, ND 58335
Tel: (701) 766-1355
Lummi Reservation Library at Northwest Indian College - Bellingham, Washington
Lummi Reservation Library at Northwest Indian College is located in Bellingham, Washington. It is a tribal college library that also serves as a public library for the Lummi Nation and the residents of Whatcom County, and has begun a small library at the Lummi retirement home at Little Bear Creek. They would appreciate donations of Native American and Pacific Northwest historical materials, popular novels, videos and DVDs, audio books, and large print books.
For more information, visit the Lummi Reservation Library at Northwest Indian College website or contact them at:Jani Costilla
Northwest Indian College
2522 Kwina Road
Bellingham, WA 98226
Tel: (360) 392-4204
Fort Belknap College Library - Harlem, Montana
Fort Belknap College Library serves Fort Belknap College and residents of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation and surrounding communities. The college serves about 200 students, and there are four grade schools, three high schools and three head start schools in the area. The library would appreciate donations of books and materials of all types in good condition.
For more information, visit the Fort Belknap College Library website or contact them at:Eva English
Fort Belknap College Library
P.O. Box 159
Jct. Hwy. 2 & 66
Harlem, MT 59526
Tel: (406) 353-2607, ext. 281
The Prisoners' Reading Encouragement Project, Inc. (PREP)
The Prisoners' Reading Encouragement Project, Inc. (PREP) is a not-for-profit organization, incorporated in November 2000 to serve as a support organization to prison libraries and educational programs. Since 2000, PREP has donated more than 40,000 books to 23 New York State prisons.
PREP supports libraries and educational programs at ten New York State facilities. New and gently used books, audiotapes and videos are most often requested by their librarians and program counselors. In general, they cannot use books that are more than ten years old.
For more information about PREP's programs, visit The Prisoners' Reading Encouragement Project website. For information about donations contact them at:Annette Johnson
Prisoners Reading Encouragement Project
145 Nassau St. #3-D
New York, NY 10038
Tel: (212) 349-6741
Virginia Department of Correctional Education Agency (DCE)
The Virginia Department of Correctional Education Agency (DCE) serves as Virginia's statewide prison education system for youth and adult offenders assigned to 27 adult correctional centers, ten correctional field units, five work centers, eight day-reporting centers, four adult detention centers, six adult diversion centers, three adult reception centers, seven juvenile correctional centers and one youth reception center. The libraries at these facilities are interested in donations of both academic books and books for recreational reading.
For more information about DCE's programs, visit the Virginia Department of Correctional Education Agency website. For information about donations contact them at:Rita H. Bibbins
State Library Coordinator
Phone: (804) 371-0390
Fax: (804) 786-7952
Read-To-Me Program, Indiana Correctional Libraries
A new Indiana Read-To-Me literacy program, a cooperative effort between the Indiana State Library Development Office and the correctional libraries, addresses the special needs of incarcerated parents to keep in touch with their children through book sharing.
The Read-To-Me program encourages offenders in correctional institutions to read to their children. Just as important, the offenders discover the personal value and personal connections for both the child and themselves in developing literacy skills. Video and/or audio tapes of the offender reading a book aloud are sent to the child with a copy of the book being read.
Donations of new children's books for this program would be greatly appreciated. For more information about this program, visit the Read-To-Me program website. For information about donations contact them at:Marcia Smith-Woodard
Special Services/Institutional Consultant
Library Development Office
Indiana State Library
140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2296
Tel: (317) 232-3719 or (800) 451-6028 (Indiana only)
Books Behind Bars
Books Behind Bars is a prison literacy program with an ongoing book drive for prisoners throughout the United States. Many prison libraries are in great need of textbooks to help promote literacy among inmates. For more information, visit the Books Behind Bars website or contact the director of community resources at any prison to arrange a book donation.
Prison Book Program
The Prison Book Program supplies prisoners and groups of prisoners with reading materials directly and for free. For more information about the books they accept, visit the Prison Book Program website or contact them at:
Prison Book Program
c/o United First Parish Church
1306 Hancock Street, Suite 100
Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: (617) 423-3298 (no collect calls)
On the MBTA Red Line at Quincy Center
Council High School Library - Council, Virginia
The library at Council High School in Council, Virginia would appreciate donations of books that pertain to all areas of high school curriculum, including fiction and nonfiction books. They are currently updating and expanding their biography section. They would prefer hardback books because they are more durable, but would happily accept classics in paperback form.
It is important that the content be up-to-date and appropriate for students 13-18 years old. For more information, visit the Council High School website or contact them at:Email: email@example.com
The Godman Guild - Columbus, Ohio
The Godman Guild is a non-profit community house in Columbus, Ohio, with a 106-year history of positive community work. Their programs are designed to promote economic growth, self-sufficiency, youth leadership, employment training, the love of nature and team development.
The Godman Guild would appreciate donations of new or gently used books for both adults and children for their community library. For more information, visit the Godman Guild Wish List website or contact them at:Jill Herbst, Development Coordinator
Godman Guild Association
303 East Sixth Avenue
Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: (614) 294-5476
Fax: (614) 294-3933
Volunteer Nonprofit Service Association (VNSA)
Volunteer Nonprofit Service Association (VNSA) accepts used books and book-related items year-round for an annual book sale to benefit nonprofit human services agencies in Arizona. Unsellable books are donated to the county jail library, veterans' hospital, retirement homes, nursing homes, a refugee resettlement group, local family crisis centers, and homeless shelters. For more information, visit the VNSA website.
Books Forever Yours
Books Forever Yours provides free age-appropriate books to the children of the Spokane region in Washington state. The books are distributed through child care centers, hospitals, and family and child abuse prevention programs, among others. For more information, visit the Books Forever Yours website or contact them at:Books Forever Yours
Post Office Box 30366
Spokane, WA 99223
Phone: (509) 448-2648
The Bookman.org in San Diego, California has donated over one million books to local jails, provides books to homeless centers, senior centers, and teachers, and has given books to the needy in 37 foreign countries. For more information, visit The Bookman.org website.
The Prakash Community Library
The Prakash Community Library in Nepal has recently reopened after decades of being closed. The library would be grateful for donations of books on science (including biology, genetics, microbes, chemistry, and physics), geography, and English. Since many people who use the library read English, both children's books and books in simple English are welcome.
For more information, visit The Prakash Community Library website or contact them at:Shreekhandapur, Kavre
The Camel Library
The Camel Library operates from Garissa in Kenya's isolated Northeastern Province near the unstable border with Somalia. Initially launched with three camels on Oct. 14, 1996, the library now uses 12 camels traveling to four settlements per day, four days per week. The camels bring books to a semi-nomadic people who live with drought, famine and chronic poverty. The books are spread out on grass mats beneath an acacia tree, and the library patrons, often barefoot, sometimes joined by goats or donkeys, gather with great excitement to choose their books until the next visit.
The librarians who travel with the Camel Library say children's storybooks are most popular, followed by general fiction for children and adults. Interest is also shown in nonfiction books covering topics ranging from astronomy to geography to history. English and Swahili are the two languages taught in schools, so donations of books in English are welcome.
For more information, visit The Camel Library website.
The Global Book Exchange
The Global Book Exchange works with Marin County, California youth, educators and service clubs and promotes education and literacy worldwide through donations of used texts and library books. For more information, visit The Global Book Exchange website or contact them at:Marilyn Levin Nemzer
821 State Access Road
Novato, CA 94949
Phone: (415) 883-2665
As part of Rotary International's World Community Service, donated book projects are developed and implemented by individual Rotary clubs to provide books to developing countries. In other countries that have indigenous Rotary Clubs, Rotary International will match funds for shipping. Contact your local Rotary Club for further information or contact their international office at:Rotary International
International Services Section
One Rotary Center
1560 Sherman Ave
Evanston, IL 60201-2698
Phone: (847) 866-3000
Book Aid International
This British organization works in partnership with organizations in developing countries to support local initiatives in literacy, education, training, and publishing. Ranfurly Library Service of New York is the U.S. branch, which is also affiliated with Rotary International. For more information, visit the Book Aid International website.
Books for Africa
Books for Africa is a nonprofit organization which collects, sorts, ships, and distributes books to children in Africa. For more information, visit the Books For Africa website.
The Asia Foundation's Books for Asia Program
Since 1954, The Asia Foundation's Books for Asia program (BFA) has distributed more than 36 million books, software, and other educational materials to 50,000 institutions in over 40 countries throughout Asia. The program sends over 500,000 books and quality education materials per year to over 4,000 libraries, schools, universities, and nongovernmental research centers. For more information, visit the Asia Foundation's Books for Asia Program website or contact them at:80 Elmira Street
San Francisco, CA 94124
Phone: (415) 656-8990
Bridge to Asia Books Program
Bridge to Asia is a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization which supports higher education in developing countries in Asia. Bridge to Asia sends donated books to universities - 5 million books to 1,000 schools in 15 years - and provides research services over the Internet. It also supports in-country facilities, such as a digital library and telemedicine center, that lower the costs and speed the delivery of information. For more information, visit the Bridge to Asia Books Program website or contact them at:665 Grant Ave
San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: (415) 678-2990
Fax: (415) 678-2996
Books for the Barrios
Books for the Barrios is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening elementary school education in the Philippines. For more information, visit the Books for the Barrios website or contact them at:2350 Ste. D Whitman Lane
Concord, CA 94518
Phone: (925) 687-7701
Books for International Goodwill
Books for International Goodwill has shipped over 1.3 million used books to developing countries and U.S. Indian reservations in the last 8 years. They are located in Annapolis, Maryland and collect books in the Washington D.C./Baltimore area. For more information, visit the Books for International Goodwill website or contact them at:Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Programs With Drop-off Points
Throughout the U.S.
Local Public Libraries
Many cities and/or counties in the U.S. have local libraries that accept used book donations to add to their catalog or for reuse or resale in the community. For more information regarding their book donation policy, contact your local public library.
Goodwill Industries accepts donations of used books and in some areas will pick up donations. For more information about donations to Goodwill Industries, their services in your area, or to find a location near you, visit the Goodwill Industries donations website or call 1-800-252-8938.
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army accepts donations of used books and in some areas will pick up donations. For more information about donations to the Salvation Army, their services in your area, or to find a location near you, visit the Salvation Army donations website.
Recycling - THE LAST RESORT!
If donation options are not available or your books not usable, please consider recycling used books. Earth's 911 may help identify a local recycler for used books in your area. For recycling, pollution prevention and other environmental information in the United States, Earths 911 provides a comprehensive database of local recycling programs by ZIP code. For more information , visit the Earth's 911 website or call 1-800-CLEANUP.
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