COVID-19 UPDATE: We are still accepting books on a case-by-case basis, but in general, we are not accepting large lots of mixed books, unless they are the ones listed on our FAQ page. Please email or call to find out more. Thank you!
We are delighted you'd like to donate books to The Free Book Bus! We are looking for very gently used books (ones without cigarette odor, rips or obvious stains/damage). We want to stock the bus with books that are in excellent condition, so that the kids who come to the bus are proud to take them home. If you are in the area, I am happy to pick up books, or you can message me for our address to drop them off on our porch. The bus stocks fiction and nonfiction books for kids and young adults ages 0-21. We do take some adult books for our stops at PACEM and the Nelson County Pantry, please get in touch to donate adult books.
We love to have a mix of new and used books on the bus. If you are local, we can pick up the books from you, or you are welcome to drop them off. You can also mail books to us: The Free Book Bus, P.O. Box 5025, Charlottesville, VA 22905. We are happy to thank donors in a prominent way, if you would like that. Thank you!
We do! I try to find everything we need here in the community. I do a lot of thrift shopping at Goodwill (10 cent kids books are hard to beat), estate sales and other thrift stores. Our Amazon wish list has items I cannot find locally, like books in Arabic, Spanish and other specialty books. We also add items for the bus that we would like to eventually purchase.
Yes! We recently created multiple wishlists on the website Bookshop.org. We partner with Bluebird Books, a local bookshop that operates from a vintage camper. If you mention that you are shopping for The Free Book Bus, you will receive a 15% discount on any donated books! Here are links to our wishlists:
I'd love to talk with you further about any ideas or connections you might have for the bus - whether it's a place that might want us to visit, a person that might be able to help the bus, or maybe you'd like to donate time or knowledge. Call us at 434-218-3552 or email at email@example.com