Every year, we give away thousands of donated books through the Calgary Reads Book Bank in partnership with the Calgary Food Bank, schools, community agencies, and in person at Little Red Reading House. Donated books also fuel our pop-up bookstore and annual book sale.
We only accept quality books that are in excellent (new or near-new) condition. A good rule of thumb is to consider whether you would be happy to receive the book as a gift for yourself or your child.
Fiction and nonfiction books for babies, children, young adults, teens, and adults are welcome. At the top of our wishlist are board books, award winners, and bestsellers — but we also encourage you to surprise us with more obscure selections that you loved, got lost in, or learned something fascinating from.
We are unable to accept books that are in no condition to be shared or sold, books containing outdated information, dictionaries, encyclopedias, textbooks, Reader’s Digest, Harlequin, Avon or Signet romances, magazines, cassettes, or VHS tapes. We ask that you don’t drop any of these off, as it will cost us time and money to dispose of them for you.
When you are ready to donate books, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements, and we will look forward to receiving your donation.