All National Library reading rooms will be closed on the Anzac Day public holidays, Sunday 25 April and Monday 26 April. The exhibition galleries and Bookshop will be open from 9am to 5pm, and Bookplate cafe will be open from 9am to 3pm. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday 27 April. See our public holiday opening hours for more information.

Where can I find organisations which donate books?

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There are many organisations which donate books. Here are a few examples:


  • Share-a-book is a program run by the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation, providing new and quality pre-loved books to Indigenous, refugee and marginalised communities in need of resources.
  • The Aboriginal Literacy Foundation appreciates all donations of new and used children’s books, which are delivered to Indigenous communities throughout Australia that desperately need help.

Pacific Islands

  • Buk bilong Pikinini (BbP) accepts donations from schools, libraries and individuals for communities and schools in Papua New Guinea. 


  • Adopt A Library encourages donations to libraries and schools in the US and around the world.
  • Biblionef sends children's books to schools, orphanages etc. in developing countries.
  • Book Aid International provides new books to public libraries, schools, refugee camps, hospitals, prisons and universities around the world.
  • International Book Project collects, sorts and ships donated books to requests from around the world.



  • The Asia Foundation, Books for Asia Program accepts book donations from Individuals and Companies to a number of countries in the Asian region.
  • Bridge to Asia supports higher education in China and Southeast Asia.