Donate Books

Chances are, you either have children’s books you aren’t using or know someone who does. Please consider donating them to Bernie’s Book Bank.

  • We accept new and gently used children’s books (birth-6th grade reading level). This includes fiction and non-fiction titles, such as picture books, chapter books, graphic novels, mysteries, biographies, science fiction, sports, science, technology and more.
  • Textbooks
  • Dictionaries
  • Activity books
  • Coloring books
  • Reference material
  • Religious books
  • Foreign language books (dual language is OK)
  • At this time, Bernie’s Book Bank (Lake Bluff Processing Center) is not open for book donations.
  • Many book drop locations have re-opened, including all Wintrust banks! Find the book drop location nearest you.
  • During the summer and fall we hosted many touch-free one day book drive events. We plan to resume these type of events in the spring.
  • Have 500+ books? We’ll pick them up! Contact us to schedule a pick-up.
    • Books should be packaged in boxes no larger than the size of a bankers box.
    • We are not able to accept weeded books from school libraries.

Need a receipt for books donated at one of our book drop locations?


Have more than 500 books?

We’ll pick them up! Contact us for a large pickup. Please note, we are not able to accept weeded books from school libraries. 

Interested in hosting a book drive?

Thank you for your interest in hosting a book drive! We have postponed book drives until further notice.

Contact Carol Collier, Used Book Acquisition Specialist at 847-780-READ (7323) or via email for more information.