used k-12 books, non-profit, used children's books Marin

Open Hours

Usually we are open on Wednesdays & Saturdays from 1pm - 4pm, but check top of home page to be sure.
Info about open hours is updated every Wednesday and Saturday by 9:00 a.m.

Marilyn Nemzer, Director

Marilyn Nemzer, Director
Email communications only (sorry no phone).


852 Del Ganado Rd.
San Rafael, CA 94903
(This is NOT a US Post Office address - Do not use for mail.)
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Here at the Global Book Exchange, we are all volunteers, so please be understanding when you come to get books or bring us books. We are not like a full-service bookstore, but we always do our best to help you, and we appreciate your patience and support.


What We Are

We are an environmentally conscious alternative to the local landfill for local schools and libraries. We need children’s books of all kinds, so we of course welcome parents, kids and others who have children’s books to bring us.

We work with Marin County youth, educators and service clubs to promote local and worldwide education and literacy, by finding second homes for hundreds of thousands of wonderful, often like new, but no longer needed K-12 textbooks, library books and educational materials.

We offer books locally to families, teachers, schools and nonprofits, such as community literacy projects, daycare facilities, community centers, homeless shelters, hospitals, drug treatment facilities, prisons – and more.

We collaborate  with community-minded individuals and groups such as Rotary Clubs to ship our educational materials to developing countries around the globe.  Our books have been distributed to students in over 30 countries!

We are a fun and meaningful community-building service project that is run entirely by volunteers who are helping local schools and the environment, while educating children all over the world.

Come visit us during our open hours.  Everyone is welcome!

The Global Book Exchange is the winner of the Marin Economic Commission Award of Excellence for “contributions to a vibrant and sustainable economy.”