Local libraries, senior citizen centers and nursing homes often have exchanges or take donations.

3415 Madison St, Skokie
Books4Cause sends books to Africa and the Chicago area.  We accept ALL books in any condition, CDs, DVDs, and small electronics.  We work with schools, universities, libraries, and individuals.  We offer a drop off at Skokie or we can arrange a pickup at your location. (pickup fees may apply).  No pickup is too big or too small.

800 S. Rohlwing Road, Unit D, Addison, IL 60101
(630) 545-9710
SCARCE (School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education) accepts all books in any condition. Schools or organizations working with children in need are welcome to choose books free of charge.
See “Tools for Schools” section on website for a list of other items needed. Please call ahead for all

Discover Books
Collects  books for resale, donation to community non-profits and/or recycling. See website for bin locations.

Goodwill Industries
1551 N Dryden Ave, Arlington Heights, IL 60004
(847) 670-7311
Drop-off only; no pickup service is available. Also accepts bicycles, computer equipment and peripherals (including
monitors), TVs (working and non-working, no consoles), small appliances, toys, musical instruments, clothing, furniture in
good condition, home décor and movies (DVD and VHS). No refrigerators or washers/dryers. No mattresses or box
springs. Not all Goodwill stores accept TVs. Please call before dropping off items to ascertain what items are being

Open Books
(312) 243-9776
Sales of donated books (including college textbooks and encyclopedias) support literacy programs for students of all ages.
Put books in drop boxes listed on website or see website for other donation alternatives. Also accepts LPs, CDs, and
DVDs in good playable condition. They do not accept:  encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauruses, sets of law books,
magazines / journals, VHS tapes, or pre-college (K-12) textbooks

Salvation Army
1035 E. Rand Road,  Arlington Heights
6715 W Dempster, Morton Grove
4335 Oakton, Skokie
Also accepts appliances in good working condition (no gas appliances), bicycles, clothing, household goods, musical
instruments (no pianos or organs), working television sets (flat screens only), working computers and flat screen monitors
(must be complete units and less than 5 years old), furniture in good condition (no rips, stains or pet hair), and
mattresses/box springs (no tears, holes, structural damage, or stains).  Not all stores accept all items (e.g., TVs).
Call 1-800-728-7825 to find out the nearest drop off location or to schedule bulk pickups.

Zealous Good
Connects people with items to donate with local charities that need them. Fill out form describing type of donation online.
Zealous Good emails donor about which charities need those items and provides dropoff information or pickup scheduling
directly with the charity.

Resale and Recycling:
Abe Books
Accepts all books including textbooks.

North Park Village Recycling Station
5801 N Pulaski, Chicago
(773) 821-1351
10:00 am – 4:00 pm daily
Book mobile – Donate and/or take books.
Also accepts aluminum and stainless steel cans; brown, clear and green glass bottles and jars; plastic bottles (#1, #2, #3,
#4, #5, #7); newspaper, magazines, catalogs, office paper and cardboard.
Please do not drop off materials outside of the posted hours.

Textbook Reuse/Buy-Back:
Follett Educational Services
1433 Internationale Pkwy, Woodridge
(800) 621-4272
A representative will provide a quote to your school to buy used textbooks and sell them to other schools. This is also an
economical and environmentally sound place from which to buy textbooks. 

Textbook Recycling
Buy, sell or rent textbooks. See website for details. 

Updated 09-12-18