Textbooks.org Shares 7 Easy Ways to Donate Textbooks to Students in Need

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Contemplating what to do with used textbooks? Consider donating to schools overseas.

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Donations help to fight illiteracy, and the organizations we recommend bring millions of books to students worldwide.

Some unloved textbooks may sit on a bookshelf for years. If it’s unlikely you’ll read that French poetry anthology or review a barely touched linear Algebra book, consider donating them. Several international organizations will place books in parts of the world with the greatest need.

“It’s a big investment in someone’s life,” said Steven Kennedy, founder of Textbooks.org. “Donations help to fight illiteracy, and the organizations we recommend bring millions of books to students worldwide.”

Textbooks.org, a site that helps students find the best prices on college textbooks, recommends the following book collection and distribution agencies, all of which are vetted by the American Library Association: Book Aid International, Books for All, Brother's Brother Foundation, International Book Bank, Books for Africa, Bookfriends International, and The Asia Foundation.

Outdated and damaged books should be recycled, not donated. Textbooks that are donated should be culturally appropriate for the audience. In addition, the American Medical Student Association suggests that donated medical texts and journals be no greater than 8 years old since medical texts get outdated quickly.

Finally, several U.S. public school libraries in under-served communities are in need of donations as well. Contact your local school board to find ways you can help.

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