Books may get old, but stories never do. So instead of throwing your old books into the blue bin at the nearest recycling centre, here is a list of new homes we found where you can donate your old books around KL, PJ, Shah Alam and Subang Jaya.
In partnership with Hope Worldwide Malaysia, Books for Care is DoubleTree by Hilton’s way of giving back to the community. CARE – short for Creating A Rewarding Experience takes books for children for ages 6 – 12 years and helps distribute them to non-profit organisations. Books can be dropped off at DoubleTree KL’s reception desk. *From now till 5 August, you can also drop off your donations at Books for Care’s book mobile on the ground floor at Avenue K.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Tun Razak 348, The Intermark, 50400 KL. (603 217 272722)
Parents Without Partners Jumble Station
Help single parents in need by dropping off your old books at the Recycle Centre in Jaya One, anytime from 10am to 8pm daily. Kind donations will be put up for sale at their store for affordable prices. Check out the books they have in store if you’re looking to fill out the space in your now empty bookshelf.
Recycle Centre, Level P1, The [email protected] One, No. 72A, Jalan Universiti, 46200 PJ. (016 220 2958). Opens: 10am – 8pm daily
A stone’s throw away from Assunta Hospital, PJ is a corner bungalow house converted into a local neighbourhood library. The non-profit library is run by a team of mothers and welcome books in good condition to help add to the library’s collection.
No. 18, Jalan 6/6, 46000 PJ. (03-7781 7813) Opens Tues (9.30am – 4.30pm); Thurs (9.30am – 12.30pm); Sat (2.30pm – 4.30pm); Closed on Mon, Wed, Fri and Sun.
Mari Kita Membaca believes in “books for a brighter future”. Aiming to provide education to children living in rural areas, the team behind Mari Kita Membaca work hard to deliver Library Boxes filled with educational books to Orang Asli villages and learning centres.
If you would like to contribute to Mari Kita Membaca, fill in the form here.
From 8.45am to 10.45am on first Sunday of the month, the open parking lot at Wisma TM has more books than it has cars. For exchanges, the programme has a one-for-one policy but when it comes to donations, the more the merrier!
Wisma TM open parking, Taman Desa, 58100 KL. Opens: First Sunday of the month, 8.45am – 10.45 am
Every first and third Sunday of the month, the Subang Jaya Book Exchange community gathers at their cabin located in USJ. Fret not, non-USJ inhabitants, the programme is not just for Subang Jaya residents. Drop by, donate a book or two, and perhaps pick one to bring home.
Subang Jaya Book Exchange Cabin, Jalan USJ 12/2F, 47630 Subang Jaya. Opens: 3pm – 5pm every first and third Sunday of the month.
If you’re up for casual meet-ups with other bookworms, check out Buku Jalanan. They meet up twice a week at Taman Tasik Shah Alam to create a public reading space where you can have a chat and converse with other like-minded individuals as well as pick up and drop off a good read along the way.
Taman Tasik Shah Alam, Pesiaran Tasek, Seksyen 14, 40000 Shah Alam.
Kuala Lumpur Baptist Church Thrift Shop
Run by the Kuala Lumpur Baptist Church, the non-profit store receives donations from parishioners and other kind contributors and channels all proceeds to fund various charities. Pay it forward by dropping off books which are still in good condition to do your part for charity.
81, Jalan Berangan, 50200 KL. Opens: Monday-Saturday: 12pm – 6pm / Sunday: 10am – 2pm.
Founded to aid children with special needs, the Hatching Center’s mission is to fill the gaps in the education system. The centre accepts donations in small and large quantities, all year round. If you have any old children’s books and picture books still in good condition, drop by the center in Desa Sri Hartamas to put them to good use.
10-1, Jalan 22B/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 KL.
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