Book Donation Requirements
ABOUT DONATION SIZES
Small Donations: For your convenience, POP has several drop locations located in and around Asheville. Drop boxes are designed to collect small donations (individual donations up to 20 books) over the course of several weeks between pickups. These boxes are available during the regular operating hours of the locations in which they are housed.
**PLEASE HELP US RESPECT OUR DROP BOX HOSTS BY NOT OVERLOADING THEM! READ THE SECTIONS BELOW IF YOU HAVE 20+ BOOKS TO GIVE.**
Moderate Donations: For moderate donations (20-150 books), POP prefers that you drop off books at our storage location. Address and directions will be provided and a POP rep will wait no more than 20 minutes at your scheduled drop time. Some home pickups may be arranged depending on circumstances.
**POP IS CURRENTLY UNABLE TO ARRANGE BOOK PICKUPS OUTSIDE ASHEVILLE CITY LIMITS.**
Large Donations: Due to storage and budgetary constraints, the POP Project has had to set limits on the number of books we accept from each donating household or organization.
POP IS CURRENTLY UNABLE TO ACCEPT SINGLE-DAY BOOK DONATIONS OF 150+ BOOKS OR MORE THAN 300 BOOKS/YEAR FROM INDIVIDUAL HOUSEHOLDS OR ORGANIZATIONS.
Exceptions to this rule are ONLY being made for our biggest need books:
- Spanish-language books of all levels and subjects
- Children’s books, early readers, and YA
- Black History and books of all levels appealing to African-American readers
Please contact us with any questions.
If you are planning on donating to us, first ask yourself, “Would this item be found on my public library shelf?”
The POP Project strives to distribute valuable materials back into our community. Donating unusable books to POP creates a strain on our ability to serve the community efficiently. Please take a minute to review the books you have to give.
We kindly ask that you remove the following books and items from your donations.
The POP Project CANNOT accept:
- Books damaged by animals, fire, water, or mildew
- Books missing covers or pages
- Legal and law books
- Textbooks 3+ years old
- Magazines and Periodicals
- Date-specific materials, including devotionals
- Materials whose content is clearly out of date (e.g. The Nostradamus Guide to Y2K, Surviving the 90s Stock Market)
- Books about outdated technology (e.g. Internet Explorer 6 for Dummies)
- Materials with an address panel (e.g. booklets you received through the mail)
- Reader’s Digest magazines or books
- Porn or pornagraphic materials
- Address books, journals, puzzle books, and other non-narrative “books”
- Loose maps
- Music CDs and vinyl records
- Computer CD-ROMS
- Notebooks, binders, and office supplies
- Other materials that are NOT BOOKS
The need for good books is always ongoing. Donations that serve our partner organizations and the community are always welcome. POP currently accepts and enjoys gently used books in the following categories.
The POP Project DOES gratefully accept:
- Spanish-language books of all levels and subjects*
- Children’s books, early readers, and YA*
- Adult paperback fiction*
- Adult hardcover fiction
- Biographies and memoirs
- Poetry and literature
- General history
- African-American books* (Black History and featuring African-American lead characters)
- Women’s studies
- Reference books (current only)
- Dictionaries and thesauruses (paperback preferred)
- Home and garden
- Religion and spirituality*
- New age and eastern religion
- Self help
- Health and wellness
- Family planning, parenting, and relationships
- Science (current only)
- Large-print books
*These books denote our largest ongoing needs.
If you wish to donate books that do not fall under either of these categories, please contact us at aPOPproject@gmail.com.