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 or call us at 503-616-3981. 

We are currently accepting donations of:

  • Board Books
  • Picture Books (especially books for younger readers)
  • 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:

  • Chapter books and picture books for mid/late elementary school
    • Note: Typically we do accept books for students up to 8th grade, but we currently have a surplus of these books so we’re pausing donations of these titles.
  • 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: