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NOPL has been overwhelmed by the generosity of people across the country who have donated an estimated 3 million books — we lost count! — of all kinds, conditions, and subjects. We are grateful for these continuing donations, which help to put books back into the hands of New Orleans families. Books that we cannot use are sold; since mid-2006 we have earned over $100,000 from book sales for our Rebuild Campaign!

We still need your help, but please avoid sending books directly to NOPL. Instead please consider the alternatives suggested in the FAQ below.

Does the library accept book donations?

We appreciate and encourage your generosity, but due to storage and staff limitations, we urge donors to follow these suggestions:

If you are a publisher or retailer with new books to donate, please contact us in advance at kelliegleason@gmail.com before shipping books. Look below for categories that we need most.

If you are in the New Orleans area with used books to donate, please bring them to the Friends of the New Orleans Public Library book sale at Latter Memorial Library, 5120 St. Charles Avenue. The sale takes place every Wednesday and Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm; please try to bring the books to the back door entrance of the Latter Branch at those times.

If you are outside New Orleans, please send your book donations to Better World Books (BWB). This company can process and sell many more books than can NOPL, and will give us a share of the proceeds. BWB will accept all pre-paid book donations, but we encourage you to follow its guidelines at www.betterworldbooks.com/programs/RebuildNOPL.aspx. Remember to mark your boxes "Rebuild NOPL"!

BETTER WORLD BOOKS
Attn: Rebuild NOPL
55740 Currant Road
Mishawaka IN 46545

Link here for a printable shipping label.

I have questions for Better World Books about my donation. Who do I call?

Please contact BWB at rebuildnopl@betterworldbooks.com

I have already collected a great many books for NOPL. What should I do?

Send them to Better World Books (see above) or consider holding a booksale in your city to benefit our library and send us the proceeds. This saves you the expense of shipping costs, and we can help you organize your sale; contact us at kelliegleason@gmail.com.

I want to help. I could collect used books, but I don’t want to organize a sale. What do you suggest?

Better World Books can help you organize a book drive; they do this around the country. Contact them at rebuildnopl@betterworldbooks.com.

Does the library pay for and help to coordinate shipping?

We regret that we are unable to pay for or help coordinate shipping.

How can I ship my book donations?

If you are an individual, you may use a media, discounted rate to ship books to Better World Books at the address above.

If you are a publisher, please contact kelliegleason@gmail.com in advance to work out delivery details. Please note: NOPL does not have a loading dock or fork lift. Large shipments must be sent in lift gate trucks.

Can you provide me with a detailed list of books you need?

Categories that we need most are:

  • Adult & Young Adult Fiction (English, Vietnamese, Spanish)
  • Graphic Novels
  • Romance
  • Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Popular Children’s Fiction (English, Vietnamese, Spanish)
  • Recent titles—published in 2008
  • Biographies & Memoirs
  • Business & Investing
  • Computers & Internet
  • Cooking, Food & Wine
  • Crafts & Hobbies
  • Health
  • Religion & Spirituality
  • History & Politics
  • Home & Garden
  • Outdoors & Nature
  • Travel
  • Music CDs: Louisiana artists, popular hip hop, reggae
  • Feature Films on DVD (new releases and classics)
  • Audiobooks on CD
  • Study Guides: Nursing, GRE, MCAT, PRXIS, GED (including pre-GED), PET, GMAT, ASVAB
  • Spanish Language Resume & Job Hunting
  • Spanish Language Medical & Pregnancy Guides
  • Learn English Manuals
  • Learn Spanish Manuals

Can I provide you with a list of what I have? I feel that the library could use my specialty titles. Can I email a list?

Yes, please email a detailed list to us at kelliegleason@gmail.com. Please allow a few days for us to have the appropriate librarians review the list.

What does NOPL do with donated books?

The Acquisitions Division decides whether the books we receive here will be beneficial to the NOPL collection. Most books not needed in the collection are given to the Friends of New Orleans Public Library for its booksale. NOPL also offers books to local schools and directly to children. Books sent to Better World Books -- in cartons marked "Rebuild NOPL" -- are sold to earn income for our Rebuild Campaign.

Thank You for helping us REBUILD New Orleans Public Library!

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Updated 8/15/2008