We will be accepting books again as of October 24, 2020.

  • Books accepted Mondays, Tuesdays, and Saturdays.
  • Please only bring us two medium-sized bags or boxes at a time.
  • If you are making a donation, great! We will accept your books immediately!
  • If you are looking to trade your books for store credit, also great! We will go through your books while you wait, and figure out which books we can accept, and how much store credit you will receive. We offer $1 in store credit for small mass market paperbacks, $2 for large paperbacks, and $3 for hardcovers.
  • We do not accept books with writing and/or highlighting in them, ex-library books, hardcover books missing their dustjacket, etc. Books do need to be in good condition (gently loved is okay). The list below is a more detailed outline of the types of books we’re generally looking for, and books we cannot use.
  • If you want to donate/sell us a book that does not appear on the list, check with us! It may be something we can use, while not being something we’re specifically looking for in large quantities.

WE USUALLY NEED THESE TYPES OF BOOKS (although we can’t use every book):

  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Classic literature (including Children’s/YA)
  • Collectibles
  • History (all history is great!)
  • Local interest (VA and DC)
  • Military
  • Mystery/suspense (primarily mass-market paperbacks)
  • Philosophy
  • Prize-winning titles
  • Science
  • Science fiction/fantasy/horror (primarily mass-market paperbacks)
  • Trains/railroading
  • Travel essays
  • Travel guides from 2017 and more recent
  • Vintage (pre-1961) fiction paperbacks


  • Audiobooks on tape/CDs, music CDs, DVDs (although we do currently have some for sale, we are not looking to expand at present)
  • “Coffee table” photo books, especially travel books (art books are the exception)
  • Computer program/application books
  • Diet books
  • Encyclopedias
  • Large print books
  • Magazines
  • Political memoirs
  • Reader’s Digest Condensed books
  • Romance
  • Textbooks