Our mission relies on the generosity of our community

Contribute to the Greater St. Louis Book Fair

Want to donate some items for a great cause?

We accept many types of donations, but we do have some quality guidelines. Because books will be purchased by others to read in their homes, we accept only new or gently used and clean items or rare and best loved treasures. We do not accept donations of moldy, dirty, written in, defaced or otherwise damaged items.

Items Accepted

  • Paperback and hardback books
  • Records
  • CDs
  • DVDs
  • Comics
  • Graphic novels
  • Ephemera
  • Removed library books

Items Not Accepted

  • Any item not meeting our quality standards (such as damaged, wet, ripped, or dirty books)
  • Reader's Digest Condensed Books
  • Law, Travel, or Computer/Technology books older than 3 years
  • Encyclopedias and textbooks older than 10 years
  • Magazines (unless it's signed or would otherwise qualify as ephemera)
  • Cassettes & video tapes

Authorized Drop-Off Locations

Visit our little book houses in any of the following areas. These drop-off locations are accessible 24/7.

NOTE: We will pause the receipt of donations on 3/31/24 until after the book fair.

Please note that holidays or unusual demand may affect our schedule. We will always return to the following rotation as quickly as possible:

  • Clayton – Upper Parking Lot at the Northwest Corner of Forsyth & Jackson – Books picked up on Thursday
  • St. Louis Galleria – Southwest Corner of Parking Lot, Next to Macy's South Entrance – Books picked up on Tuesday
  • West St. Louis County - First Bank at the northwest corner of Manchester and Weidman Roads – Books picked up on Wednesday
  • Chesterfield – Chesterfield Technology Park, Edison Avenue, Chesterfield, MO 63005

To schedule a drop-off at our warehouse in Maryland Heights, please contact us. Someone will be available for dropoffs from 9am-10am Monday through Friday, but by appointment only.

book fair volunteer at an authorized dropoff location

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Book Donations Tax Deductible?

Donations may be tax deductible. Please email info@stlouisbookfair.org to request a receipt post card. At this time, we can not provide a valuation of each donation. However, we suggest you use the guideline of $1 for mass market paperback books and $2 and up for hardback and trade paperback books.

Does the Book Fair Offer Home Pickup Services?

Yes! We offer home pickups to the following areas/ zip codes:

  • Ballwin – 63011, 63021, 63022, 63024
  • Brentwood – 63144
  • Clayton – 63105, 63117, 63118
  • Creve Coeur – 63132, 63141, 63146
  • Ladue – 63124
  • Maryland Heights – 63017, 63043, 63146, 63303
  • Olivette – 63132
  • University City – 63105, 63124, 63130, 63132

We will perform home pickups for people who have at least 10 boxes and no more than 30 boxes. The boxes should be roughly 16x12 in size, weigh no more than 40 pounds each, and be easily accessible on the first floor.

We will schedule pickups on Mondays from the hours of 11am to 3pm. Call (314) 993-1995 to schedule.

Want to Donate, but Have Questions or Concerns?

If you have any questions, please contact us, and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.