About BooksKC

Creating employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

The Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City (RIKC) created BooksKC to provide individuals with disabilities jobs, job training and skill assessment. This was a natural step for RIKC, as BooksKC maintains the RIKC mission to help individuals with disabilities achieve a greater level of independence as well as providing jobs and job training. You can find out more about all of RIKC’s services, just click here => Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City (RIKC)

BooksKC is a Missouri Recycling Association award-winning social enterprise that provides a 100% solution to two critical concerns.

  1. Providing employment and training for individuals with disabilities.
  2. Finding an environmentally sound method to keep unwanted books from being thrown away and entering local landfills.

More than 85% of people with disabilities have difficulty finding employment. When people with disabilities become employed, they achieve the same economic and vocational identity everyone values. This identity includes having more disposable income, the ability to pay taxes, and to purchase more goods and services.  Additionally, people who are employed are more independent, self-confident, and now have the ability to make greater contributions to our community. BooksKC makes this happen!

With every dollar of revenue generated by BooksKC remaining here in the local community, your book donations to BooksKC yields significant benefits to the Kansas City area’s economy, and to the people hired as well.

Environmentally, BooksKC is the perfect solution for repurposing books. In 2014, BooksKC processed over 1,200,000 books – keeping them out of the landfill and saving valuable resources through the project’s recycling and reselling efforts. BooksKC encourages you to become involved in our 100% solution by both donating unwanted books, and purchasing used books by going to the “Buy Books” tab above.


Interesting Facts

  With the help of your book donations, BooksKC is able to provide meaningful employment to individuals with disabilities. Since 2012, its first year of operation, the number of individuals with disabilities employed by BooksKC has grown from 4 to 15.
  One ton of recycled paper saves 3,700 pounds of lumber and 24,000 gallons of water, and only uses 60% of the energy required to make one ton of virgin paper.
  BooksKC won the Missouri Recycling Association's award for "Outstanding Workshop Recycling".
  100% of the revenue generated by BooksKC stays local and benefits the disability community.
  For 2014, BooksKC kept 1,200,000 books from being thrown away and entering area landfills.
  BooksKC is also utilized by RIKC’s Employment Services for skill assessment and job preparedness for individuals with disabilities.



Our Partners

RIKCThe mission of Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City (RIKC) is to build brighter futures for children and adults with disabilities. We do this by providing comprehensive medical rehabilitation and employment placement services. We specialize in helping children and adults with complex disabilities such as spinal cord injury, brain injury, and stroke achieve their greatest level of independence for participation at home, school, or work and in the community.


MARCMARC Solid Waste Management District administers a grant program for waste reduction, reuse, and recycling projects. Many cities and counties, non-profit organizations, businesses and schools have used this grant program. The district also supports the collection and disposal of household hazardous waste through contracts with two permanent collection facilities and a number of mobile collection events. The district also manages the RecycleSpot.org website and a recycling hotline (816/474-TEAM), that provide residents information on recycling opportunities in the region.



MO DNRThe mission of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources is to protect, preserve, and enhance Missouri cultural and energy resources. The department deals with the critical area of energy, helps develop mineral resources in an environmentally safe manner, protects Missouri’s land, air, and water resources and works to preserve the state’s historic and natural heritage through state parks and state historic sites.