The Book Project

The Book Project: Connecting communities, encouraging physical activity, reducing waste and sharing the love of books!

We all need a bit of escapism, particularly at this challenging time. The Book Project has been designed to support people to gain access to free books and to give those that need it a purpose to go out for daily exercise. We hope to encourage community sharing in a Covid secure way, reduce waste from those having clear outs, encourage physical activity and increase access to books for all.

Donating Books

With many charity shops closed and us spending more time at home, we know that many people have books to donate. We are happy to receive donations of good condition books of any genre, for all ages and in different languages too. Books can be donated locally at some of your book host destinations in your community. Please check at individual points to see if donations are accepted there.

We request that you only donate 2 books at a time with book hosts unless you have made prior arrangements for the donation of a larger number.

For larger donations, please contact [email protected] to make arrangements for drop off.

Hosted boxes on your street

We are starting to get boxes out into the community so you may find a box on your street! Check out the Facebook page with details of box locations. For those not on Facebook, please drop us an email with the area that you live in and we can let you know where your closest box is.

Walking Book Group

Come and join us on a walking book group. There will be a theme each month from which to choose your book and we will go on a walk as a group to chat about the books that have been read. Check out our activity finder to see if there is a group near you.

Volunteer With Us

We are looking for volunteers to host boxes in the community, help with local deliveries and to help sort donations and fulfil requests. Email us to get involved [email protected]

Community Box Sites

If you are an organisation, shop, business, doctor’s surgery and would like to host a
box where people can collect free books from please get in touch via email
[email protected]

Join Our Online Community

Join in the conversation online sharing your journey to your book, mini reviews (no
spoilers please!) and specific book sharing. Click here to check out the Facebook group!

We still value your voice even if you don’t have Facebook so feel free to share your stories with us via email
too [email protected]

Request a Book

For individuals who are unable to get to one of our collection boxes, you can request a book by filling in the form below. We can only deliver books to those in the Birmingham and Solihull areas and hope to get a book to you in approximately 14 working days from the date of your request.
We will aim to fulfil all requests but we are reliant on donations.

'The Book Project' Request Form
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Request Details

Please provide details below about the recipient of the book being requested.
We aim to deliver 1 book per person, per request but are reliant on donations so the more options the better.
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