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


852 Del Ganado
San Rafael, CA 94903

(This is NOT a US Post Office address - Do not use for mail.)

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Marilyn Nemzer, Director

Phone: 415-450-0692 (voicemail only)
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Who are we?

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.”