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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.


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.
Home Away From Home
SCARCE is my "home away from home."  Every time I come here I load up the car with fabulous text books, workbooks, supplies and library books for my classroom.  Practically all of the books in my classroom library are from SCARCE.  I've brought other teachers from my school and they are amazed at all the books and supplies.  It's all free!!  It's an hour away from my home but worth the trip every time.  Thanks for everything!" 
Mary Ann
Chicago Public School Teacher
October 7, 2010