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Books Create Opportunity, community,
and joy

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Official 501(c)3 : 82-3078732

a pop up library in camden

The Free Books Project fosters positive experiences and connection in Camden and other New Jersey communities by improving literacy access.

Our Founder and Executive Director Tom Martin discovered an unmet need to read in Camden, NJ. Thanks to your support, what started as a folding table and some donated books from friends has grown into an active, multi-program effort and robust partnership with our community.

We bring books where They're needed and give them away!

 It’s our mission to improve access to literacy and connection for everyone—especially members of our community in marginalized or vulnerable areas. Through our various programs, we distribute books of all genres for all ages.

Our Impact

PULs per month
community members engaged
registered Book Arks
books distrubuted
active volunteers

How You Can Help

There are so many ways to get involved, and we appreciate each and every one of you who do.


We rely on the generosity of community-minded individuals and businesses for support. Make a tax-deductible contribution or become a recurring patron on our Patreon. We accept most book donations and other supplies and can help coordinate easy drop-offs or pick-ups.


We’re always looking for volunteers to run PULs, steward Books Arks, or join our team at The Free Books Place. Volunteer as an individual or as a group and become a beacon of literacy in your community! We supply the books, suggest locations with greater need, and provide handy tips.


Above all else, we just love to see your face and hear your thoughts. Follow our socials, sign up for our newsletter, stop by a program location, or check out our blog and YouTube channel! As equally important as donations and our boots-on-the-ground volunteers, those of you who spread the word about our amazing programs help more people get more books more often! 

Help Us Achieve Our Mission

“As we continue our work and strive to expand our efforts, every donation makes a difference, regardless of its size. Your generosity allows us to spread literacy by introducing our programs (such as our PULs, Book Arks, and The Free Books Place) to and creating partnership opportunities with more cities, more states—more readers.”

– Tom Martin, Executive Director

Checks made out to The Free Books Project can be mailed to P.O. Box 501, Collingswood, NJ 08108.

Contribute To Our Book Inventory

Our book inventory is entirely donated and includes both gently used and even new books. You give us books, and we give them away! The most in-demand genres are:

  • Any and all books in Spanish
  • Authors: Patterson, Cussler, and Koontz
  • Bibles and other religious texts
  • Children’s books
  • Comic books, graphic novels, and magazines
  • Dictionaries and thesauruses 
  • Self-help books
  • Skill-building and GED Books
  • Sudoku, crossword, and other puzzle books
  • Sports books

Have books to donate and want to confirm they’re appropriate for our inventory? Send us a message.