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.


Individual Donations

Click here to see the Books We Accept

You can bring us books during our regular open hours, Wednesdays and Saturdays between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. (double-check website after 9 a.m. on the day you want to come just to make sure we’ll be open). If you have more than two small boxes, please schedule an appointment with Marilyn.

Please see essential information about which books we accept. Note that we cannot take most fiction or nonfiction unless it was written expressly for young people. The only exception to this is classical literature. If you have more than two small boxes, please e-mail Marilyn to schedule a time.

Boxing Your Books:

  1. COMPACT. It’s easier for us if you don’t use a large box for only a few books. If you only have a few books, paper bags are fine instead of boxes. Please, no plastic bags.
  2. STURDY. Please make sure boxes are strong and not falling apart.
  3. REASONABLE SIZE. Please try to use boxes of reasonable size. Over-sized boxes can be too heavy to move around. The best boxes are “letter” or “file” boxes or the ones in which copy paper is usually packed, but this is not a requirement. We just want to make sure our volunteers, often teenagers, can handle them OK.
  4. FLAT TOPS. We appreciate so much if boxes are packed with flat tops– preferably lidded – so they can be stacked, in our new, smaller space. This makes it easier and safer to deal with our large volume of donated books.

In our new (much smaller) warehouse, we have to be efficient with space, and it’s difficult for our volunteers if boxes don’t stack well. If you have any questions about the way your books are packed, please feel free to get in touch with Marilyn.  Publisher samples prepackaged in their original “creative” containers are just fine.

Delivering Your Books:

Check in at our front door and let us know what you have to deliver. If you have only a few boxes, you can just carry them in or ask to borrow our hand truck. For larger loads, we might ask you to use the delivery entrance at the back of our building; a volunteer will explain the procedure.  Depending on what volunteers are working, we may or may not be able to lift boxes to help you, so bring extra muscle if you think you might need it.

Mailing books to The Book Exchange:

Unfortunately, books cannot be mailed to our Del Ganado address.  In special cases, if we can make an arrangement we will, but first e-mail us.