Support Powell’s and four amazing local nonprofits during Powell’s Book Drive!
Donate your unwanted used books to Powell's and we'll pass your proceeds on to one of our partner nonprofits.
Powell’s Book Drive will be held April 2 through 30 at Powell’s Industrial Warehouse, located at 2720 NW 29th Ave. Drop-offs are welcome between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. All COVID-19 safety protocols, including mandatory face masks and social distancing, will be observed during the Book Drive.
Book Drive sales are donation only. If you wish to sell us your books for cash or credit, please use our Online Buyback program.
Before you come
As with all books sold or donated to Powell’s, we ask that donors inspect the condition of the items you're offering to be sure they’re free of mold or other hazards.
Please box up your books ahead of time. We can receive up to 20 boxes of books in a drop-off.
When you arrive
The drop-off site will be in the back parking lot. Follow the sandwich board signs to the northeast corner of the building.
At the drop-off site, please park in the available spots and unload your boxes on the table, indicating to employees which partner charity you wish to donate your proceeds to, and then step back so that employees can retrieve your offering. We will provide you with a receipt that you are welcome to itemize for tax purposes.
We require that all customers and employees wear a mask and practice social distancing throughout the drop-off process. Hand sanitizer will be available. Restrooms will not be open to the public.
About Our Partner Charities
Brown Hope is empowering and providing direct assistance to Black, Brown, and Indigenous people in the greater Portland area through their programs like the Black Resilience Fund, Power Hour, Blackstreet Bakery, Mutual Aid, and COVID-19 Wraparound Services. Brown Hope is providing solutions for racial justice — by the community for the community, to help people heal from the impacts of racism while creating connections and building community.
Central City Concern is ending homelessness by treating the whole person, as a person. Each year, more than 13,000 people turn to us for compassionate support to become self-sufficient and productive.
KairosPDX is an education-focused nonprofit tackling Portland's persistent achievement gap through innovative pedagogy, community collaboration, and family partnership. They transform education through a model based on love and inclusion that elevates the voices of historically underserved children, their families, and their communities.
SMART Reading is a children's literacy nonprofit with the mission of sparking joy and opportunity through the magic of a shared book. They pair volunteers with over 11,000 Oregon kids for one-on-one reading sessions and new books to keep.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I can't decide which charity to donate my funds to?
If donors are undecided, we will have a rotating “charity of the day” to send their books to.
When will my charity receive my contribution?
Powell’s will collect donations throughout April. We hope to process those books in May, but it may take longer. As soon as processing is complete, we will send checks to the charities and make a public statement regarding the amounts we were able to raise.
What happens to books you don't want?
Unwanted books will be donated to a third party.
Is my donation tax-deductible?
Yes. The receipt we provide will be very general, but you are welcome to itemize it for tax purposes.