Donation of used textbooks intended for schools, colleges and professional institutes are of great benefit to students with limited means. If the mission to spread education among all has to succeed in India, academic books should be available for free to those who lack resources to buy.
Among all categories, the need is most acute for used school textbooks because of sheer number of poor students involved, numbering in crores. This is despite the fact that cost of school textbooks is fairly low. Underprivileged students pursuing professional streams like medical, engineering and technical courses face the problem of textbooks being expensive.
How do you donate used textbooks?
A donor whose child is in primary school can donate books every year to an underprivileged student who studies in a class that is one year behind. This can go on every year until the end of high school. Same holds true for college, engineering and medical students who can donate textbooks to students pursuing the same course with one year’s lag.
Alternatively, textbooks can be donated to the NGO organizations listed in ‘Whom Can You Contact?’ section below, who will in turn ensure that the textbooks will reach the most deserving students.ill in turn ensure that the textbooks will reach the most deserving students.
Ahmedabad Ajmer Jaipur Jodhpur Vadodara
Project 10000 Books
This is a major initiative to serve the underprivileged. Donate used books like school books, college books, story books, non-fiction books as well as board games and stationary. These can be dropped at centres in cities listed below. Alternately, fill up the form on site and books will be collected from your doorstep.
Ahmedabad: 99788 12172, 83200 33512. Ajmer: 81071 90083. Jaipur: 73000 88826, 98285 34060. Jodhpur: 93144 82849, Vadodara: 76002 46387.
'Mission Million Books for Schools & Colleges' by Alibaba Group
This mission seeks to provide quality books to students from under-served section of society. The goal is to distribute 1 million textbooks across 10,000 Indian schools and colleges by 2020. Books needed are from primary section to senior classes, covering subjects of Mathematics, Science, English, Computer Science etc. Free collection from doorstep if books weigh a minimum of 5 kgs.
74989 89292, Ratna Nidhi Trust: 022-2389 8930
Books to be donated: Competitive Exams, School & Children Books and University Books. After donor registers, MyPustak picks up books through courier. They are then listed on website and book requester selects needed books from the list. MyPustak sends requested books by courier and a nominal shipping charge of Rs 60 is payable by book requester.
90070 22851, 78081 81091
Sitaram Jindal Foundation
You may donate textbooks required by Arts, Science & Commerce streams in colleges as well as technical books required in polytechnics.
Jindal Nagar, Tumkur Road, Bangalore 560073
Bangalore & Other Cities
Book donors submit names of books which are published on site. Students needing books can look at the list of books available for donation & contact the donor directly. Books pertain to primary school, high school, State Boards, CBSE & ICSE as well as Science, Engineering, Medical, Business Administration and Competitive Exams.
Civil Service India
If you were an aspirant who has appeared for Civil Service exams and are possessing the relevant books, please donate the same to the needy aspirants who cannot afford to buy the expensive new books. The contact details of the needy candidates are on the link below.
Concern Infotech Pvt. Ltd., 1/45-1A, 1st floor, Butt Road, St. Thomas Mount, Chennai 600016
96000 32187, 044-4350 4824
St Luke's Samaritan Shop
Drop-off your old textbooks and notebooks of school and college. These will be given to underprivileged children who cannot afford books. This is an initiative by CSI St Luke's Church.
Adam Street, Near Mandaveli Market, Chennai
98417 53191, 99621 99982
Chennai Dehradun Delh Kanpur Mumbai Pondicherry Roorkee
This organisation has been set up by IIT graduates in order to facilitate affordable, high-quality education to disadvantaged students aspiring to study at India’s top colleges. You can donate medical & engineering books in subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics. On sending a message through the website, books will be collected from you by a student.
D9, 3rd Floor, Gemini Parsn Floor, Kodambakkam High Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai 600062
Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust
Have been organizing free educational book exhibitions for the last 12 years. At these exhibitions, over 1,75,000 books have been distributed to more than 2,000 schools. The exhibitions carry books donated by volunteers and general public. To donate educational books, the trust can be contacted and a pick-up will be arranged.
5th Floor Vasant Vilas, 31, DD Sathye Marg, Mumbai 400004
022-2389 8930, 2387 8930
Friends of Children (FoC)
College students sponsored by them receive assistance of college & exam fees payment, workshops on life-skllls & personality development, training for interviews, library facilities etc. Donate textbooks of (a) Pure science degree courses and (b) Degree/diploma courses in engineering, education, law etc.
Plot No. 497, Sector 28, Giriraj Housing Complex, Pradhikaran, Pune 411044
Are you a student pursuing school, college or a professional course? As you move on to the next class, donate used textbooks to underprivileged younger students.
There is no textbook donation group in your neighbourhood? Organise one on your own or jointly with others who are similarly inclined.
Wish to be associated with one of the organisations listed below? Get in touch with them directly or inform us.
Know someone already collecting textbooks for donation in your city, but not listed here? Inform us so that they can be included in the list above.
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Jayashree firstname.lastname@example.org 9663374056
Hello, I have software related books to donate. Was wondering if you have a collection center/agent in Bangalore where I can arrange for a drop/pickup of the books.