Many children do not have books at home. Many teachers must pay out-of-pocket to purchase books for their classrooms. The SAReads® Book Bank is working to eradicate book deserts in San Antonio and supplement classroom libraries by giving thousands of books to students, teachers, schools and nonprofits. The book bank is a clearinghouse for collecting, cleaning, sorting and redistributing books to the community located inside the Gulfdale branch of Firstmark Credit Union. Since the book bank began in 2010, SAReads has donated over 258,000 books to teachers for their classroom libraries, children for their home libraries and organizations for the children they serve. 

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Requesting & Selecting Books 

Free gently used and new books are available to teachers and nonprofits in the greater Bexar County. To request books, please submit an SAReads Book Bank request. You will be invited to "self select" the books that best meet the needs of the children you serve. Also, free online book libraries are available at Unite for Literacy.

Book Donations

The SAReads Summer Book Drive and Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive, in addition to numerous independent community book drives and donations, supply the SAReads Book Bank with thousands of new and gently-used children’s titles. The Summer Book Drive features over 50 collection locations throughout Greater Bexar County, including all Bexar County YMCAs, all San Antonio Public Library branches, all Firstmark Credit Union branches, all San Antonio Whole Foods Market locations and the Twig Book Shop.

We receive books from business and nonprofit donors including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Better World Books, Boysville Thrift Store, and Half Price Books.

Members of the community host book drives for SAReads. Contact us to host your own book drive. SAReads will provide you with everything you need.

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