What items can we take?

We can take all sorts of books, genres, authors, and types.



Kid's books


What isn’t in this category?

There are a few things our partners don't have a need for. Check this list before tossing things in your bin!

reader's digest



romance paperbacks


Books transport and transform us. Knowledge is the great equalizer and for generations, that knowledge was locked in books.

Nowadays, knowledge is everywhere but those checkout-line paperbacks, hardcover dictionaries, and kid's books still have value.

We work with partners like the public library to get books into the hands of those who need them.

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”

Jorge Luis Borges

Why it shouldn’t be thrown away or recycled curbside

Like other mixed materials, books have a blend of paper, glue, and even plastic. This means they are almost impossible to recycle curbside.

Additionally, the production cost of new books is like putting 100,000 cars on the road every year. It has a huge impact on our carbon emissions.

Why is Ridwell better?

Unlike other categories, books retain almost all of their original value! They can still be read, they can still bring joy.

We take your books and through our donation process, they get redistributed to local libraries, schools, and individuals.

Partnering with Friends of the Seattle Public Library

Friends of the Seattle Public Library is a non-profit, grassroots organization dedicated to promoting our Library as an essential institution of society and supporting its mission and vision. Their volunteer members advocate for, educate about, and raise funds on behalf of The Library.

Through sponsoring programs, supporting adequate facilities and funding for the Library, providing volunteers, and collaborating with other Library and civic groups, the Friends have helped Seattle maintain a world class, inclusive library system.