When you're cleaning your room, don't forget to take a look at your bookshelf. You might discover new books you haven't even opened, or find old ones just sitting around collecting dust.
If you aren't planning to read them anymore, why not take this opportunity to reduce clutter in your home? There are many local charities and initiatives that accept pre-loved books. By making a simple contribution, you're actually spreading the joy of reading to those who may not have access to these cherished books. Who knows, you might just change a life!
We've put together a list of places you can donate or exchange pre-loved books to give them some extra love:
1. The Book Effect
The Book Effect is a project dedicated to collect 10,000 books to reignite the joys of reading. With the books they receive, volunteers then build libraries for various orphanages and refugee schools across the Klang Valley. Aside from that, they also organise book clubs, community reading nooks, reading hours at local libraries, and other activities to promote the spirit of reading.
If you're a book lover who's longing to introduce the love of reading into the community, you can volunteer to collect books and set up the libraries. Furthermore, if you're interested in starting a book club or neighbourhood reading nook, you can contact them for help in setting up your own community programme. They are accepting book donations at their headquarters in Kota Damansara, so spread the word and get all your friends involved!
In conjunction with World Book Day in 2019, UEM Sunrise Bhd launched their first book drive, known as 'BukuDrive', to collect books for their 'BukuHub'. Located in Publika Shopping Gallery, BukuHub consists of a row of bookshelves erected along the walls on level G3, and anyone can drop by to read or swap a book with one of their own.
BukuHub is a community project that aims to enhance the lifestyles of the B40 community while cultivating a fun reading habit. They help to make books more accessible to the general public, and engage community participation in a shared interest... reading!
3. Books on the Move
Books on the Move is an initiative dedicated to encouraging an interest in reading. Participants are known as 'book ninjas', and they would leave books in train stations, coffee joints, schools, and other public spaces where they can be picked up, read, and returned. Currently, more than 5,000 free books have been shared via this movement.
In 2018, they set up three community libraries in Ampang Park, KL Sentral, and Pasar Seni LRT stations with support from partners and the community. Today, these libraries have been adopted into their new homes in KL Gateway Mall, The LINC KL, and Paradigm Mall. If you're interested, you can be a book ninja and share or swap your own books at the library in The LINC KL or KL Gateway Mall, or even start your own reading corner in your local community.
4. BLESS Shop
BLESS Shop is a community initiative established by SIBKL Church to raise money for several charitable works. BLESS Shop started out as a small pasar malam and flea market stall in Mont Kiara and Amcorp Mall, but have since expanded into seven full-time shop lots in major shopping malls across Klang Valley. BLESS Shop creates jobs for the marginalised, including Orang Asli, ex-drug rehab patients, refugees, and single mothers.
BLESS Shops have a wide selection of not only pre-loved items, but also brand new goods that are donated by generous people. All the items are affordably priced to allow greater affordability across the different income groups, so it's definitely a great place to donate your books to give them a new life with those who long for books.
Ara Jaya ( D'aman Crimson )
K-BG-02, Jalan PJU 1A/41A,
PJU 1 Ara Jaya,
47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Sunway Mas Community Centre
CP-K-6 Ground Floor SMCC, Jalan PJU 1/3G,
47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Mid Valley Megamall
CP-01, Level P1, Lingkaran Syed Putra,
Mid Valley City, 59200 Kuala Lumpur
Lot LG126, Lower Ground Floor, 1, Lebuh Bandar Utama,
Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
F33A, 1st Floor, Citta Mall, Jalan PJU 1A/46,
Pusat Perdagangan Dana 1, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
10am - 10pm (Daily)
Find out more on their Facebook page.
5. Bargain Basement
Bargain Basement is a retail shop founded by Datin Joanne Wong in 2016 when she sought to collect new and pre-loved items to be resold and converted into money for charity. Since their opening, they have given out RM260,400 to 20 homes, and have two branches at IOI City Mall in Putrajaya and IOI Mall in Puchong.
You can visit to check out their books section, or to donate your own books and other belongings. If you can't browse their physical stores, you can check out their online store to purchase books directly from their website.
6. Jumble Station
Jumble Station is a community outreach initiative that was started by a non-governmental organisation (NGO), Parents Without Partners (PWP), to raise funds for single parents. They set up a small shop at The School, Jaya One, in 2014 to improve the welfare of single parents living in economically disadvantaged circumstances.
PWP collects used goods that are handed out to parents in need, or sold to generate funds to support these families. If you'd like to help support their project, you can check out Jumble Station and shop for some pre-loved goods. There's even a small corner in the shop dedicated to secondhand books that were donated by the public.
7. The Salvation Army
Since 1938, The Salvation Army has been serving the underprivileged community in Malaysia through a network of social services. Their social enterprise arm, Red Shield Industries (RSI), processes donated goods and sells them at their Family Thrift Stores located in Selangor, Penang, Ipoh, Melaka, and Kuching. All proceeds go towards funding their social service programmes and community projects.
They receive pre-loved clothing, furniture, household items, electronic devices, toys, and books that are still in good and working condition. You will help their effort to create a sustainable environment and transform lives when you donate your old items.
Red Shield Industries Warehouse
15, Jalan Subang 7/1, Twin Park,
Taman Perindustrian Subang,
47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor
Section 12 Booth, PJ
1, Jalan 12/17, Section 12,
46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Kuala Lumpur Corps & Community Service
1, Lingkungan Hujan, Taman OUG,
58200 Kuala Lumpur
Website | Facebook
Additionally, you may reach out to your local libraries to find out if they accept book donations
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