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Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9:00am-4:30pm
Tuesday:  9:00am-6:00pm
2nd & 4th Saturday of each month (excluding holidays):  9:00am-noon

SCARCE Book Rescue - Textbook Room

Our goal is to "rescue" books and school supplies from the landfill, and get them to children in need. Our shelves display over 25,000 books. Schools or non profit organizations are welcome to choose books free of charge (although donations are always welcome).

Many of the books come from schools that replace their books, so most of the textbooks are in "classroom quantities" -- the books are rescued from one school and provided for another school. There are also "library books" donated by schools, libraries, and the general public. If you have gently used books, please consider donating them.

Homeschools and the general community are invited to join our Homeschool Program program

PLEASE DROP OFF BOOKS, OR OTHER ITEMS, ONLY DURING BUSINESS HOURS. Please use boxes for donations and keep boxes reasonably sized in consideration of our volunteers (banker-sized boxes or smaller).  Also, if you have more than 10 boxes to donate, please call ahead before dropping off your donations. 

For safety reasons no children under age 14 are not permitted in the textbook & warehouse area.IMG1349


The book rescue depends on monetary donations to keep our doors open.  We greatly appreciate any small (or large) donations

If the form to make your gift does not appear, click here to make a gift to SCARCE.

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours:

Wednesday Nov 25 9am-12pm
CLOSED Thursday Nov 26-Sunday Nov 29 (including Book Rescue)

Normal SCARCE Hours

Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm
Tues 9am-6pm
2nd & 4th Saturdays 9am-12pm


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SCARCE is a 501(c)(3) and donations to SCARCE are tax deductable. Ask for a tax receipt when dropping off books or items at Tools for Schools.
SCARCE Has Books for Lower Reading Level

"I am the teacher of a 3rd-5th grade special education classroom. My students have a variety of learning styles, strengths and challenges. SCARCE has been a valuable source of a variety of educational materials for my students. For example, we have used science books at a lower reading level to support their learning in the general education classroom. Besides having a lower reading level, those books present the material in a simplified way that supports their understanding."

Marti Good - Elmhurst District 205