Collect used books

In 2011 NALA became Better World Books chosen charity partner in Ireland and so far, they have raised over €10,000 which we have given to local literacy projects. And this is only the beginning – the more books people buy from Better World Books, the more funding that will become available to support local projects, so start spreading the word!

In case you don’t know, Better World Books sells used books online to raise money for leading literacy charities around the world. Their website is called  A portion of the revenue goes to the organisation that contributed the book, and/ or to one of the non-profit literacy partners.

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Since its founding in the US in 2003 the company has raised $11.6 million for its non-profit literacy, library and college partners and diverted more than 78 million books from landfills. The company opened its UK operation in 2008 located in Scotland and said it has re-used or recycled over 4 million books in the UK so far, raising over £450,000 for  local literacy charities. Whilst they have long standing relationships working with libraries and other large organisations, they also like to hear from other people with spare books too.

Help generate funding - start collecting books today!

A corporate book drive allows community members or employees to donate their gently used books to raise money for literacy.  The program is easy to implement, costs nothing and will help generate funding for a literacy initiative!

What supplies and support does Better World Books provide?

Better World Books makes it easy and convenient to run a Corporate Book Drive.  At no cost, they provide collection boxes and shipping cartons.  Their representatives will support you during the drive and arrange shipping the supplies to you and the books to them.

How do you get started?

Email with the following information;

  • Date to start and end your corporate collection (below information must be provided no later than 2 weeks before the start of the drive to get everything in place)
  • Number of sites you would like to collect books
  • Contact person for each site (phone, email and address).
  • Main contact person for the entire collection
  • Charity you would like to support (National Adult Literacy Agency)
  • Supplies needed for each location
    • Collection Bins (396x301x722mmcardboard boxes for collecting books-pictured)
    • Shipping Boxes (each box holds about 30 books, these also may be ordered on the client portal once total books collected are known).

What happens next?

  • Better World Bookswillcreate a tracking system for your books.
  • Each of the site contacts will receive access to the Better World Books client portal they can order more supplies and ship their full shipping boxes.
  • Our logistics team will send out your supplies, these take about 3 days to arrive. If they haven’t arrived in this time please email call (0)1383 841 437 immediately.

You’ve collected all of your books, and packed them in shipping boxes, what now?

  • You can arrange collections automatically through the Portal. Click on ‘Ship My Books’ on the left-hand menu. If you have fewer than 25 boxes use the UPS option, if you have more use the “Freight” option. The generated labels must be printed on plain paper and taped to the boxes.
    • For UPS collections; use the “Schedule Pickup” in the client portal and choose the day you would like them collected. Remember to keep them as near to the door as possible to make it easy for the drivers.
    • For Freight, you will be contacted by our logistics team within 24 hours, alternatively you can contact directly at (0)1383 841 437.

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