How to Donate Books

Books to be processed Books KC's success relies on book donors like you! Without your generous book donations, Books KC would not be able to fulfill its dual mission of recycling books, and providing jobs and job training to individuals with disabilities.

Donating Books To Books KC is easy:

  • Contact us at 816.472.7799 ext. 231 or at bookskc@abilitykc.org.
  • See below for materials we are able to accept and those which we cannot accept
  • Due to the high cost of operating the Books KC truck, we ask that quantities of books less than 400 be brought to our location.
  • If we are picking 400+ books up at a residence, books will need to be boxed and placed outside in an area accessible to the truck.
  • If you are a business, the 400+ books must be boxed and placed in an area accessible to the truck. Our lead times for pickups range from 5-7 business days. Depending on the time of the lead times may be longer.
  • If you are unable to meet the 400+ quantity, but still need us to pick up the books, we will do this for a reasonable fee. Please contact us for more information.

Book Drop-off Sites

  Ability KC Industries: (map)
You can bring books directly to our home office at 3010 Main Street KCMO 64108 - the northwest corner of 31st and Main. We are housed on the lower floor of the Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City - you will see the RIKC sign on the building.
  • If you need assistance unloading, hours for drop-offs are 8-2 M-F.
  • Please park in front of the glass doors, come inside and someone will help you unload. Assistance will not be available after 2:00 PM.

Book Drop-off Sites
Books may be dropped off in the large green book deposit bins at any of our drop off locations.

  Midtown Kansas City
3010 Main Street, Kansas City MO 64108   

  Johnson County:
Overland Park Recycling Center, 11921 Hardy Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66213.
  • Hours of Operation: Tuesday - Friday 7:30 AM - 4:00PM, Saturday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

  North Kansas City
  • Metro North Mall, at 400 NW Barry Road, Kansas City MO 64155 (map)
  • Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

  East Kansas City
  • Red Bridge Community Recycling Center
  • 5200 E. Red Bridge Road, Kansas City, MO 64137 (map)
  • Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 9:00AM - 5:00PM

 

Items Books KC accepts for donation:   
  Cardboard
  Hard and Soft bound books
  Magazines
  Newspaper
  Office Paper

Items that cannot be accepted by Books KC:
  Wet materials or items smelling of mildew
  Items with food, paint, or chemical spills or stains
  Spiral bound items
  Items with inappropriate content
  Trash
  DVDs, CDs, VHS, or cassette tapes