Do you accept used book donations?

We appreciate your interest in donating used books to Room to Read. Unfortunately, we DO NOT accept used book donations. After reviewing our individual book donation program, we have found that it actually costs Room to Read more time and money to sort and ship the donated books, than shipping new books donated directly by children's book publishers or by buying new books within our partner countries.

Instead, Room to Read has formed a very successful relationship with an organization called Better World Books, which collects and resells used books to benefit our programs. They are well equipped to handle the logistics and make it incredibly easy for donors to send the books to them by paying for shipping! For more information, please visit their website at and mention that Room to Read sent you. You can also contact them directly by emailing

Can I donate new books?

We do not currently accept new book donations.

What does it mean to "Sponsor a Project" and how can I go about doing so?

Room to Read is committed to transparency and treating our donors as investors in our organization. As a result, we have developed an "Sponsor a Project" menu whereby you may finance or raise funds for a particular project. Our projects include building new schools, establishing libraries, publishing local language children's books and funding education for girls. Please visit the Sponsor a Project page for more information.

I just tried donating online and it didn't work. What is wrong?

Room to Read employs a 3rd party vendor to process our credit card donations. Because of this, certain fields must be populated in order for the transaction to be processed. If you are experiencing any problems while attempting to make a donation to Room to Read, please refer to the following tips below:

  • Make sure that the address and zip code that you have entered are typed in exactly as they appear on your credit card billing statement.
  • Sometimes large international donations are declined by a donor's credit card company. Speaking with your credit card company prior to making a large donation from outside the U.S. should resolve this problem.

If you are still having problems making a donation, please email with your phone number and the best time to reach you so that we may help you troubleshoot the problem via phone or email.

We thank you for your patience with any troubles encountered while making a donation to Room to Read and greatly appreciate your support!

How do we know that our funds are going to the intended projects?

Room to Read values transparency in all aspect of our operations. As a result, we provide various reports based on the specific type of project you choose to sponsor. For more information on how to sponsor a project, please see the question above or visit our Sponsor a Project page.

Can I sponsor a particular girl as part of your Girls' Education program? Can I get letters from her?

It is Room to Read's philosophy not to establish a direct one-to-one relationship between our donors and individual students. We feel that forcing our students to maintain a relationship with a person they have never met is unfair, particularly due to the fact that a number of our students are quite young and not yet literate in English. Of equal importance is that we want the children to feel that they are being helped by their own local people, in this case the local Room to Read teams. Having them communicate with a person overseas may have the effect of convincing them that the solution to their problems lies outside their own community, and will therefore foster a culture of dependence.

Instead, we ask donors to contribute to a general fund that is administered at a local level by our in-country staff. In order to allow our donors to learn more about the girls who participate in the program, we publish an annual Girls' Education Yearbook. This yearbook includes general information on the program, photos and letters from the girls, and program results.

For more information on the program or to download our latest yearbook, see our Girls' Education page.

Can I donate stock?

We are happy to accept gifts of stock. The IRS provides one of its most significant tax breaks for donations of appreciated securities. To make a stock gift to Room to Read, please contact us at

How can I donate to Room to Read? Do you have a preferred method of transaction?

We accept donations in a variety of forms depending on which country you are donating from, but we prefer checks for larger donations as they incur no processing fees. All other transactions incur processing fees from third parties.

For detailed instructions on how to donate from your country, please visit our Donation page.

Can I donate from a foreign country or in a foreign currency?

Yes! You can donate both from a foreign country and in a foreign currency.

Click on the link to learn how to make a donation to Room to Read and receive a tax receipt from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Netherlands, Singapore, Switzerland, or the United Kingdom and receive a tax receipt for these countries.

If you don't live in one of the above countries, there are a few different ways you can make a donation. The most cost effective way to donate is via check, and Room to Read can process both donations received in US dollars and foreign currency. Please note that donations received through our global office will be receipted with US tax receipts.

If you wish to donate via credit card, you can donate in US dollars online via Room to Read's Credit Card donation page. Please be advised that large donations from foreign countries are sometimes declined by the cardholder's credit card issuing bank. In these cases, it may be necessary for you to speak with your credit card issuing bank to advise them that you would like to authorize Room to Read to charge your card. Lastly, Room to Read can accept wire transfers from foreign locations. Please contact to obtain further directions!


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Schools Constructed 1,930
Libraries Established


Books Published 1,158
Books Distributed 15,641,734
Girls' Education Participants


Children Benefited 9.7 million

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