Be it for learning new things or for entertainment, reading is a great pastime. But after reading a book, rarely we will refer to it again. Gradually, the books are stowed away in some corner of the home or they pile up in cupboards, desks, shelves and gather dust. In due course, the neighbourhood ‘raddiwala’ is called and he pays next to nothing to take the books away.
Isn’t there a better way to honour the printed word and spread the reading habit? Of course, there is and that is to donate old books. The book that you donated could be read over a period of time by a few hundred people who have the desire to read but lack resources to buy books. The fact that knowledge is being spread should give enormous satisfaction to book donors.
NGOs have been active in seeking to inculcate reading culture among adults and children from underprivileged communities in India. Efforts are underway to improve language proficiency and basic reading skills. NGOs house the book donations in formal or informal centres or community libraries in slums.
You may donate a book to someone known to you in the neighbourhood and if possible, to an underprivileged person or a youngster. You can participate in book donation drives and programs which seek to help literacy classes, schools, low-income communities, libraries, book clubs etc. Last but not the least, you can support the endeavours of organizations listed under ‘Whom Can You Contact?’ section below.
'Books For All' by NGO Guzarish
Donated books are distributed by them to underprivileged kids through NGOs. All kinds of books are acceptable. Pack the books in a bag and fill up the form on the link below, to enable their courier to pick up the books from your door step, at no cost to you.
ALIG Educational and Welfare Society
ALIG is a literacy initiative group and welcomes donation of new and used book donation. Fill up the form which opens on clicking the link below.
Ex 1 / 2 , Vatikaa Green Valley, Pardih Road, Mango, Jamshedpur
90310 12000,77388 65451
Isha Vidhya seeks to equip each of their schools with a minimum of 3000 books. They need books suitable for young children from Lower Kindergarten to the fifth standard such as story books, science and other non-fiction books, books with basic science experiments, books of arts and crafts projects etc.
Deliver the books personally to 16 Netravathi Cottage, Isha Yoga Center, Coimbatore or send them by post parcel to Isha Education, 14 CA Thevar Layout, Kannaperan Mill Road, Udayampalayam, Coimbatore 641028
Donate old books (fiction and non-fiction) which are in reasonably good condition. After you submit online their donor sign-up form, books will picked up the books from your doorstep. No charges are payable. The donated books will be listed on the website and books are sent free to interested persons who have to pay handling and shipping charges.
Community Libraries Initiative by India Literacy Project (ILP)
Book donations to ILP are used by low-income communities and especially children from 1st standard to 10th standard. To cater to them ILP has established libraries in Bangalore. Opportunity is thus provided to practice reading, develop language proficiency and improve learning levels
India Literacy Project, 27, 3rd Floor, Narayani Apartments, 2nd Cross, Ramakrishnappa Layout, Geddalahalli, Sanjaynagar, Bangalore 560094
Bangalore Chennai Delhi Mumbai
Little Free Library
This is part of a worldwide movement. At each of the locations listed below you will see a large wooden box full of books for children and grown-ups, which is a 'Little Free Library'. Do leave books which others will take and return the same to the library box after reading.
Bangalore: (a) Brigade X Road (b) Koramangala
Chennai: (a) Egmore (b) RA Puram (c) Mylapore: 2 (d) Velachery (e) Ganapathy Colony (f) Harrington Road
Delhi: Saket. Mumbai: (a) Bandra West (b) Juhu Versova Link Road
Call 9820013164 for addresses of each of the above Little Free Libraries
Bangalore Mumbai Pune
On their website place a request to donate a book. They will get in touch with you and schedule the pickup of the book. On receipt at their end, the books are segregated. The donatable books will be given to their NGO partners. The reusable books will be uploaded on librarywala.com for members to read.
Computer Kindness Foundation
Donate gently used children's books and all other kinds of books for young kids in low-income schools and for seniors in adult literacy programs.
Book drop-off point:: IIT Delhi - Central Library, Outer Ring Road, Hauz Khas, New Delhi
Drop-off point at Bangalore: Puttenahalli Rd, Jagruthi Colony, BOB Colony, Phase 7,
JP Nagar, Bengaluru 560078
Delhi drop-off point: 011-2659 7135, Neyveli Office: 99003 03839, 97392 61916
'Library Mission' & 'Pick-a-Book' Initiative by Prayaas Corps
Donate used books to Prayaas Corps who are setting up libraries at orphanages and street shelters so that children can have access to books, which can help in promoting a life long love of reading as well as sparking their Imaginations.
WZ-654/5-A, G NO:18-E, Sadh Nagar II, Palam, New Delhi 110045
Asha Community Health and Development Society
Asha works with children in slums of Delhi. Donate novels, English grammar books, story books etc which are housed at book clubs set up at Asha's various centres in Delhi. These bright colourful book libraries have helped inculcate the habit of reading in slum kids.
Ekta Vihar, Sector 6, RK Puram, New Delhi 110022
011-2617 0618, 2619 6857, 2671 6409
Deepalaya Community Library and Reading Project
Have set up three community libraries for children at Sheikh Sarai, Sanjay Colony and Gole Kuan. Used fiction, non-fiction and children's books are all welcome.
46, Institutional Area, D Block, Janakpuri, New Delhi 110058
011-2852 0347, 2852 2263, 2852 5784
HOPE Worldwide India
HOPE worldwide runs schools in the slums of South Delhi. Children need to be exposed to books apart from their school curriculum books, since books play an important role in a child's development. Donate your used books for this noble cause.
Book Donation Points are located in South Delhi, West Delhi & East Delhi. For addresses click on link below.
011-2651 5374, 2651 5373, 96508 71234
Donate books to charity (old or gently used books) at one of the numerous collection centres of Katha in Delhi-NCR. Katha will donate the books to MCD school libraries or COOL! (Community Owned and Operated Libraries) in Delhi and beyond.
A3, Sarvodaya Enclave, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi 110017
TatavGyan Humanity Foundation
This is an NGO serving in fields of education, healthcare, livelihoods, sanitation etc. Need all kinds of books including text books, computer books, reference books, atlas etc.
406, Rohit House, 3, Tolstoy Marg, Connaught Place, New Delhi 110001.
Donate new and used books which are distributed among underprivileged children, children in hospitals, other grass-root organizations and charities. Books which children can read such as old story books, comics, children's books, puzzles & games, crafts & hobbies, fiction, non-fiction etc.
113A/1, Adchini, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi 110017
011-2656 1333, 2656 1444
Free Circulating Library of Adarshmay Charitable Trust
Help children & students enjoy the joy of reading by donating novels (fiction & non-fiction), self-help books and magazines.
Adarshmay, Parijat, 9, Khardeo Nagar, N. G. Acharya Marg, Chembur, Mumbai 400071.
Achala Library Project of Ekjaa Foundation
This project serves adults and children in poor areas of Mumbai. Have collected over 3000 books through individual donations as well as book donation drives and programs held in malls. Welcome donations of all kinds of books such as fiction, non-fiction, textbooks etc.
208 Sangeet Plaza, Marol Naka, Andheri East, Mumbai 400059
Books offered as donation will be collected from your doorstep but the books need to be in good condition. In turn, anyone can take books from them to read free of cost. Send email or tweet to @peculiarblend
Room to Read
This world-wide movement strives for children to develop the habit of reading throughout primary school and become life-long, independent readers. To achieve this objective, they ensure that schools have a structured library with books in the children’s local language. Donation of children's books in Indian languages is welcome.
Room to Read, Development Office, c/o Reliance Capital Ltd., Trade World B Wing, Kamala Mills Compound, Lower Parel, Mumbai 400013 022-2496 5009 India@roomtoread.org www.roomtoread.org
Books are sorted according to language and suitability and donates accordingly. To donate, you have to email to them the description of books, after which a pick-up will be scheduled.
Riva Jhunjhunwala, Arti Vakil
022-2363 7635, 98211 27654
Venture Center Library
The Library supports entrepreneurs, researchers, innovators, professionals and venture investors. Only books covering subjects listed in the link below may be donated. Consult Librarian on phone first.
100, NCL Innovation Park, Dr. Homi Bhabha Road, Pune 411008
Librarian: 020-6401 1023
BookCrossing is a global network of book lovers now active in India too. If you want a book to be read by many others, after you register as a member on the site you have 2 options: (a) Leave the book in a public place like a train, bus, park etc with a note "This is a free book". (b) Hand over the book to another BookCrossing member. Each book has a unique registration code & each finder enters details on site allowing the book to be tracked.
Do you possess old books that have been read and are not to going to be retained? Donate the used books to one of the listed organisations or to any library in your city.
There is no book donation or book exchange group in your neighbourhood? Organise one on your own or jointly with others who are similarly inclined.
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