WE BUY BOOKS
If you have a large or valuable collection of books, CDs, DVDs and/or Lego, please contact us. We'll be happy to let you know if we can buy them from you. NOTE: we are HUGE believers in realistic expectations - PLEASE READ THE SELLING SECTION BELOW!
If you have a much more normal assortment of items we would love to have them as a donation. We'll put them to good use! Books must be in excellent condition and have been published recently. The exception is rare or antiquarian books. DVDs, CDs and Lego are usually in pretty good condition so these are easier to evaluate.
Books for children will be donated to local teachers, schools, shelters etc. Lego collections will be sold and part of the proceeds will be used to buy new Lego sets to donate to local children's hospitals or clubhouses. Items for adults - Books, CDs and DVDS - will be sold and after we pay our bills and reasonable salaries for our employees, the remaining profits will be donated to educational organizations in DC, Virginia and Maryland. Please note that as a for-profit book re-use organization, we cannot provide a tax receipt for donations of books.
A BIT OF HISTORY
From 2002 to 2016, Books for America was a non-profit organization which accepted donations of new and gently-used books and used them to build and improve libraries in schools, shelters and many other educational organizations - more than 1 million books!
Surviving as a small charity for this long was a bit miraculous and with a changing world Books for America had to change as well.
In 2016 Books for America re-opened as a for-profit company which operates in part for the public good.
If you have a large amount of books; valuable antiquarian/collectible books; CDs; DVDs; and/or Lego, we might be able to share a portion of the expected resale value with you. We are happy to review your collection and discuss this with you.
The book market has changed over the years. Online book selling has greatly lowered the price per book we can expect to get. We will do our best to give you something for your books but it likely will not be as high an amount as you would like. Unless of course your stuff is really, really fantastic.
For individual books valued at $75 or higher, our sister company, Alexandria Fine Consignments, will be happy to consign them for you. Alexandria Fine Consignments handles rare and antiquarian books and documents, jewelry, collectibles and many other upscale items.
We'll come right to your door in the metro-Washington, DC area to pickup your donation.. Please read more about what types of books we need and how to schedule a pickup.
When we arrive at your home or office to pick up the books, we must scan through the books to ensure we only take what we know we can use (disposal of out-of-date books is expensive and back-breaking). We have been in the book business for nearly 20 years so we often can do this by sight. Occasionally we will use our scanning device to check on value and saleability. We operate with great care and speed and will not take up much of your time.
Please send us an email or give us a call at 202.997.1597 to arrange a pickup in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.