Give Books

 International Book Project takes donated books Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm. 

  • For 3 or less medium sized boxes, you are welcome to stop by anytime between 10am and 4pm.
  • For 3 or more boxes, please call for an appointment 859.254.6771.

The guidelines below detail the types of donated books we can and cannot use.

Types of books we ACCEPT

  • Children’s library books (picture books, chapter books-fiction/non-fiction) MOST NEEDED K – 8th
  • English / Grammar texts (K-University)
  • Science texts (K-University)
  • Math texts (K-University)
  • Medical texts (including academic journals)
  • Vocational books (plumbing, carpentry, etc.)
  • Fiction and Non-fiction books for adults
  • Reference books (Dictionaries, Encyclopedias newer than 2000, and Thesauruses)  
  • Books in Spanish (fiction and non-fiction only; we cannot accept books about learning Spanish)

Due to the nature of our work, we can NOT accept

  • Outdated Text, Reference, or Encyclopedias before 2000
  • Religious/Evangelical or Political Books
  • Magazines or Reader’s Digest
  • Workbooks/Diaries (books that are meant to be written in)
  • Self-help Books (How to Lose 100 lbs, Get Rich in the Stock Market, Learn Yoga)
  • Cookbooks
  • Gardening Books
  • Travel


All donated books must be in excellent condition. Please do not donate books that have:

  • Cracked or broken bindings
  • Mold or have a strong musty odor
  • Torn or missing pages
  • Yellowed pages
  • Excessive underlining or highlighting

International Book Project curates book shipments based on partners’ specific requests and the above guidelines are specific to those requests.