Sponsor a Book, Keep the Library Running

Thanks for your interest in donating to Street Books.

Instructions before clicking the Donate button:

  • When you click on ‘Donate‘, it takes you to a PayPal donation page.
  • If you prefer, send a check to:┬áStreet Books / PO Box 13642, Portland, 97213.
  • Donations to Street Books are now tax deductible — our tax ID number is: 45-4081674.
  • All donations go toward staffing the library shifts, maintaining the bicycle, and buying used paperbacks for the library.


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See our list of donors. Thanks so much!

20 Responses

  1. Margaret Barbis
    Margaret Barbis June 11, 2011 at 3:37 pm · Reply

    This is a great idea!! Thank you for the work you’re doing!

  2. Erin
    Erin June 23, 2011 at 11:18 am · Reply

    Do you accept book donations too?

      WELLINGTON May 27, 2014 at 12:35 am · Reply

      i need books to sponsor a library project am starting.
      Am a Ghanaian and wants ask can you please help?

      thank you.


  3. ismoon.maria
    ismoon.maria June 24, 2011 at 10:52 am · Reply

    This is, and you are, awesome. How can I help? Love, Q Center Librarian

    1. sue
      sue August 26, 2011 at 11:59 pm · Reply

      Awwwwwesome. Let us think on that…much appreciation.

  4. Dawn
    Dawn July 2, 2011 at 11:24 am · Reply

    I am making a small donation. Also, I am a haunter of thrift shops and if there are specific used titles I can track down and buy (on my own dime) for you, please let me know. Books can –and do– change lives!

  5. Diane Salvatore
    Diane Salvatore July 3, 2011 at 5:46 am · Reply

    Do you accept donations of physical books as well, I have many wonderful books that could use some new readers.

  6. martine
    martine August 4, 2011 at 10:43 am · Reply

    Fantastic idea! I am so moved by what you are doing. Thank you so much for nourishing folks this way.

  7. Sierra Ingram
    Sierra Ingram August 24, 2011 at 11:09 am · Reply

    Your such a good person, I hope you’ve noticed yourself. I’ve been bloging about Portland freegans, and am about to tag your website. Thank you for being a part of this unique community.

    1. sue
      sue August 26, 2011 at 11:58 pm · Reply

      Thanks so much, Sierra. Have you seen Travis Shields short film about Street Books? It is wonderful. He has also done a short called, “Meet the Freegans”. Again, wonderful. Thanks for your kind words (I know they were meant for Laura…still)

      1. Kristinwt
        Kristinwt December 16, 2012 at 1:50 pm · Reply

        I know Travis. Didn’t know he did a film. Will look for it. Just read about Laura’s Kickstarter in Portland Tribune. I had thought to bring my books to the homeless in Tigard. Not worried about getting them back. The Beaverton Library throws away those they can’t sell as used.

  8. sue
    sue August 27, 2011 at 12:04 am · Reply

    Thanks so much all for your interest in Street Books and your desire to help us. Currently, we are inundated with books…we are trying to establish a sort of storage arrangement (in Old Town would be ideal). We are also trying to figure out a book donation protocol. For now, we encourage people to mail donations to our PO Box (Street Books, PO Box 13642, Portland, OR 97213). Taking donations at the cart can be difficult… We will keep you posted!

  9. Barbara
    Barbara February 22, 2012 at 1:07 am · Reply

    I come from a family of book lovers and when I read the Street Roots article about your project, I sent a copy to my mother in Florida, knowing she would be moved. She was, and she recently shipped me a box of books for you, things she’s picked up at book sales and thrift stores and such. The titles she didn’t recognize she researched on the internet to see if they seemed like things that would be appropriate. Now I have linked her to the list of requested books, I know she will keep the list close at hand and make it a quest. And now I also know where to send the box I have, I will do that this week. Thanks for the inspiration.

  10. Diana
    Diana December 3, 2012 at 9:28 am · Reply

    Before I found out about Street Books, I had an idea to do this very same thing. Only it involved a wagon instead of the more eloquent cart. Everyone I told my idea to scoffed and said that it was dumb, that these homeless people wouldn’t care about books, that they just wanted money or food. I live in Seattle by the University of Washington, and I encounter a great number of homeless people everyday. I thought, aside from how horrible it is to live without a home or shelter for obvious reasons, how incredibly boring it must be to sit outside all day, day after day with nothing to do. Giving them stories would help fill their time, take them to different places, maybe even give them hope.

    I love what you are doing and I want to thank you for being brave enough to do it. I would like to start something similar here in Seattle.

  11. allen julian
    allen julian December 14, 2012 at 12:49 pm · Reply

    I read an article about your project in the Portland Tribune. Great project!!! I can’t afford a monetary donation right, but if you can use books let me know. What kinds of books can you use? Good luck with your project. Allen Julian e-mail: ajjulian@comcast.net

    Another idea – if you have a public fundraiser – maybe I can help.

  12. allen julian
    allen julian December 14, 2012 at 12:52 pm · Reply

    How about a book sale fundraiser to sell the books you can’t use and educate more people about your project.

  13. Chris
    Chris December 28, 2012 at 11:25 am · Reply

    Hi, I’m at Multnomah County Central Library. How can we return your books that people put in our book drop? Thanks!

  14. Diana Shelton
    Diana Shelton November 12, 2013 at 6:27 am · Reply

    I read your article in the Mary Janes Farm mag. I would like to donate books to your street book library. (Books are spiritual oriented an educational) Do u have an address to ship books too?
    I awe at the service you are providing, may God bless you !

  15. Larry Imboden
    Larry Imboden October 10, 2014 at 11:40 am · Reply

    I read about Street Books in the New York Times and was floored. What a terrific organization, I thought. What you’re doing is so worthwhile and so helpful, you deserve all the donations and money and blessings you receive.

    Keep up the terrific work!!!! :-)

  16. Betsy Holzgraf
    Betsy Holzgraf October 11, 2014 at 5:51 am · Reply

    I just read the NY Times article too. Sitting in a campsite in Nashville. The irony is that I’m from Portland, read the Oregonian and Tribune and have never heard about you! I’m a retired school librarian and your project sounds wonderful. When I return home in November I’ll contact you to see if you need help with cleaning, repairing, organizing, getting the books, etc.

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