How to Obtain Books

San Francisco Bay Area

If you work with children at a homeless shelter, school, hospital, daycare center or other community organization and need free children's books, come to our book site at 1360 43rd Avenue (between Judah and Irving) in San Francisco's Outer Sunset district to select the books you want. (Go to our Hours & Directions page for information on locating our site.) We have new and gently used books for children of all ages, from birth through high school. We provide books to be given as gifts to children and their families and/or to be used by organizations working with children. 

If you have questions, give us a call at 415 665 6315 or contact us by email at

Monday and Thursday: 3:30-6:00pm
Wednesday: 10am-12noon
1st Saturday of the month: 10am-1pm
Please bring boxes or bags!

REMINDER:  Per the SFUSD insurance policy, thank you in advance for not bringing children to the book site -- no children under 18 years of age please.  Thank you.

Locations Outside the SF Bay Area

Arranging for a book drive is an easy way to collect children's books for your organization or to give as gifts to children. We have been given anywhere from 300 to 3,000 books from an individual book drive - depending on the size of the school (or other community organization) doing the drive and the amount of work done by its organizers. People are happy to help children in need by donating gently used books that have been outgrown or are no longer wanted.

Contact a school that serves affluent families in your area and ask them to do a children's book drive for your organization. Many schools have community outreach groups that are seeking ways to help others. You might also ask a Girl Scout or Boy Scout troop, a church, a temple or some other community organization to do a drive for you. Go to Organize a Book Drive for suggestions on holding a successful book drive.