WE COLLECT BOOKS NO LONGER NEEDED BY PUBLISHERS, LIBRARIES, SHOPS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC, AND DONATE THEM TO ORGANISATIONS WORKING WITH PEOPLE WHO FOR ONE REASON OR ANOTHER ARE NOT IN A POSITION TO BUY BOOKS.
This includes organisations supporting people who are homeless, women's refuges, bail hostels, young people's hostels, refugee groups, food banks and people in prison and their families. We also give books to thousands of local children who have no books of their own.
We aim to reach people who do not or cannot use public libraries.
We also welcome donations of books in any language from authors, publishers and literary agencies.
First copies will go to our Multilingual Library and duplicates go to prisons, schools, hospitals, community groups or to other multilingual libraries around the UK.
In 2022 we gave away 28,900 books which was another record.
Groups holding English classes for refugees are welcome to write to us to request copies of English Grammar in Use, from Cambridge University Press. The books come in boxes of 10 and 12 and the books are free. Shipping costs are approximately £10 per box.
Our current opening hours are as follows:
Monday, Wednesday & Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday & Thursday closed