A non-religious, non-profit dedicated to reducing book waste through strategically targeted book donation boxes.
When books are donated en masse, they are often discarded or damaged!
Bookchurch is committed to saving books, sorting them, and giving them their best chance at a second, third, or even fourth life!
This means sorting them by genre, subject, and format, and then finding them the perfect home. Established donor genres include such examples as: music books for music schools, cookbooks for cooking schools, unused puzzle and activity books for senior care facilities, and art books for community art centers.
We even go as far as saving damaged books for art projects, classes, and educational purposes through a partnership with Lantern Tree Books in Carpinteria!
Your donations directly help us collect, store, and organize more donation boxes and allow us to ship books to more locations!
Bookchurch is growing even more, with over 5000 books rescued and donated in 2023! (so far!) With new programs in place, we are seeking funding for storage, commercial shipping coverage, and of course, the occasional truck rental.
Through a partnership with Coastland in Carpinteria, we have found a great way to use the pages of damaged books! Rather than throw them away, we donate the unbound interiors, which are used to make these fantastic Halloween-themed pumpkins. (Look out for a vampire-themed one, courtesy of a 100-year-old hematology manual.)
We are working to donate more books to more places in 2024! We are starting to translate and create accessible e-books for people with disabilities using the newest epub formats. Questions about our new endeavors? Want to help fund our new reading app? Reach out to us!