A child and their parent reading a donated children's book.

The Children’s Book Bank at SMART Reading accepts donations of new and gently used children’s books Mondays through Thursdays 9 am – 5 pm at our location in NE Portland (1915 NE 7th Ave, Portland, OR 97212). If you’d like to drop off books outside of those days and hours, please email bookbank@smartreading.org

We are still requiring face masks indoors—if you would prefer not to wear a face mask when donating books, we can accept them in the parking lot outside!

Books we are able to re-home:

  • Board Books
  • Picture Books
  • Alphabet Books
  • Spanish Language Books
  • Multicultural Books
  • Books About Numbers, Colors, Animals, Shapes, And Words
  • Story Books
  • Rhyming Books

Books we are unable to re-home:

  • Books With Yellow Pages
  • Vintage Books
  • Musty Or Damaged Books
  • Ex-School Library Books
  • Ex-Library Books
  • Books For Adults
  • Magazines
  • Coloring Books
  • Encyclopedias
  • Textbooks
  • Classroom Sets
  • Books For High School Students
  • Kindles, Tablets, Or E-Readers

Your Donation Is Tax Deductible

Donations of new or gently used books are tax deductible. When you drop off your books, we will provide you with a receipt. However, the IRS prohibits us from assigning a value to in-kind donations. The IRS offers two publications that can give guidance for what the fair market value of your donation is: Publication 561 (Determining the Value of Donated Property) and Publication 526 (Charitable Contributions).

FAQs About Donating Books:

My school library just cleaned off their shelves, and we have tons of books to give away. When can I bring you these books?

Unfortunately, books that are weeded from library shelves are either too damaged for us to restore or they have been pulled because they are no longer of high interest to the students we serve. So we are unable to restore and re-home these books and cannot accept them.

Can I leave books for you outside your posted hours?

Goodness no! Books can become damaged when left outside, and we then will not be able to use them. Please check our posted hours and give us a quick call to make sure we’re open and accepting donations before you stop by!

I’d also like to donate the puzzles, games, stuffed animals, and other toys that my child has outgrown. Can you take these as well?

No. We can only accept books that are of use to our programs and the supplies needed to bring these gently used books back to life.

I have some boxes of books all ready to go, can you please come and pick it up?

We are not able to accommodate requests for donation pick-ups.

I would like to donate my collection of Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, or other vintage favorites, do you accept these books?

No. Vintage editions of popular titles are no longer of high interest to the students we serve, and we are not able to re-home these treasures. We do accept newer editions of these titles!

I’d like to host a book drive. What do I need to know?

You can find all your book drive questions answered here.

I’d also like to donate school supplies and art supplies, can you take these items?

The only supplies we are able to accept are those needed in our book cleaning process listed below:

Contact bookbank@smartreading.org if you are interested in helping with a supplies donation. Deliver or ship all supplies to 1915 NE 7th Avenue, Portland, OR 97212