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.


Who We Are

All of us who work here are volunteers. Yep, that’s true. Marilyn Nemzer, who began the project, has been running the operation for over 30 years. Kim Cappel, our Co-Director, has been volunteering here for 27 years. And Kit Warne, who keeps everything organized and in tip-top shape, has been on board for 20 years. During all this time, many awesome, wonderful people from our community have helped us, some on a regular basis, some just once in a while. All of these volunteers TOGETHER, putting in thousands of hours and lots of love, have kept the Global Book Exchange surviving and thriving. Here are just a few photos of our volunteers at work. You can see lots more on our Facebook page.

Kim and Marilyn reading to second graders during a class field trip: Kim&M&kids-4x4

Our lovely Lois helping a student find that special book:  10467077_469115193233265_8922958706443120186_o

Student volunteers moving a pallet of textbooks destined for Kenya: HandclaspPacking