Online Swap Site Provides Books For Schools

In most parts of the world, schools are struggling to provide students with up-to-date textbooks that are in good, readable condition. During these difficult economic times, school budgets have been cut, libraries are out of date, and teachers usually have to resort to buying their own classroom books and other resources., an online community with over a million members, has been helping people trade their books, movies, games, and music for similar items in a safe, affordable format.

The Swap team knew that this wildly-successful experiment in community and sharing could be put to use to help organizations in need, especially those that needed books, but they just didn’t know how to make it happen. Until now.

Swap4Schools is an initiative designed to match swappers’ “Haves” with schools’ “Wants.”

How It Works:

  • Find a school you would like to donate to and browse their Want list, or start adding items to your Have list and see if your item is on a school Want list
  • Once you choose to donate an item, you will be given all of the mailing instructions and have the option to print a shipping label at home (average cost is $3.20)
  • Simply mail or drop off your item to the school you agreed to donate to
  • will waive the swap transaction fee for every item you donate

Ready to start swapping your stuff to schools in need?

Sign up with a personal account, invite your school’s principal or teacher to enroll, or, if you are an educator, sign up your school or class and start building your Want list.

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Jennifer C.
Past Member 5 years ago


Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W6 years ago

great idea

Carole R.
Carole R6 years ago

Great idea.

Robert O.
Robert O6 years ago

Awesome idea! :)

jane richmond
jane richmond6 years ago

Here in NYC if one schools has too many texts or has replaced last years books with newer ones they can NOT send them to a less fortunate school. They MUST put them out as trash. Only then can a NON-DOE person pick them up to take them elsewhere.
With everyone screaming about not having money for books the stupidity of this red tape is mind boggling.

K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers6 years ago

A great idea!

jessica w.
jessica w6 years ago

this is great.

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener6 years ago


Ruth L.
.6 years ago

Why havent schools started using Ipads or ebook readers, could you imagine the savings on cost of textbooks & how many trees we would save if schools went electronic where textbooks are concerned. Should start with High Schools