Corona Virus Situation
During this period we are taking only very limited donations of books - mainly for children.
In the meantime we are working with Mutual Aid groups and local community organisations to provide books for children (and some adults) in Newcastle and Gateshead. We have been asked by Gateshead Council to donate books for over 5,500 children in local schools.
Our offices are closed apart from a small crew who are ensuring that we can continue to supply books for prisons and local schools. Please be assured that we are doing everything we can to protect the safety of staff still working.
Prisons can contact us here or on Twitter to let us know what they need. Our aim is to send shipments of around 100 books to each prison that wants them instead of answering individual requests.
books in prison
For several years we gave books to people working in prisons and to prison libraries. Since 2017 we have been listed in the Hardman Directory and now also send books to individuals in prison.
The National Literacy Trust states that 9% of children and young people say that they don’t have any books of their own at home. We want to help bring that percentage down.
We don't believe in destroying books. There's always another way. We try to find new purposes for the books that are beyond repair or long out of date.
WHAT WE DO
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.
WE AIM TO REACH PEOPLE WHO DO NOT OR CANNOT USE PUBLIC LIBRARIES
We also welcome books in any language from authors and literary agencies. First copies will go to our Multilingual Library in Newcastle and duplicates will go to prisons.
making a difference
thank you so much for the books and for the [toy] dog for my little brother, he will be so pleased.