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Why donate your children’s books to Bernie’s Book Bank?

  • The children’s books you donate to Bernie’s Book Bank become part of a long-term, sustainable effort aimed at providing children with quality, progressive levels of books.
  • The children’s books you donate provide vital variety to the book bags we distribute.
  • The children’s books you donate are processed by our volunteers and delivered directly into the hands of under-served children to take home and enjoy forever.

Book Donation Update: Please bring your children’s book donations Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to our Lake Bluff Processing Center. You can also donate your books at one of our 120+ book drop locations across Chicagoland, find a book drop location near you.

Need a receipt for books you donated to Bernie’s Book Bank? Receive one here. 

Donate Children's Books

Bernie’s Book Bank accepts new and gently used children’s books (birth-6th grade reading level). Learn more about what books we can and cannot accept. 

Yesterday my kids received free books from your foundation and they were very thrilled. They began reading on the way home. I simply would like to express my sincere gratitude for your great deed. Sometimes as parents we have money issues and can’t purchase from places like “scholastics” and it was great to see them so happy with their books.

A Greenbriar School Parent

Every child should be able to read their way to a better life.

You don't have to work in education to know that there are many factors in learning to be a successful reader, but none is as important as having actual access to personal books. Bernie's Book Bank comes walking right into the classrooms on a regular basis and makes the impossible possible for these children.

Jane Vester

Librarian, McCall Elementary School