Give Your Unwanted Books to Hands Across the Water

The perfect way to get rid of unwanted books without throwing them away

Do you have surplus books of any kind that you no longer want? Don't trash them-give them to charity for humanitarian reuse and help your community save on waste disposal costs at the same time. The nonprofit organization Hands Across the Water  has used books for charity collection containers at several Cape Cod locations. 

Hands Across the Water has collection containers at the following locations:

Falmouth:  Falmouth Department of Public Works, 453 Thomas Landers Way, Falmouth.

Falmouth:  Falmouth Academy Library, 7 Highfield Drive, Falmouth, which is operated by the school librarian Lucy Wood (508-457-9696 ). 

Mashpee:  Mashpee municipal recycling center on Asher's Path (off Rte 28), Mashpee.

Barnstable: Barnstable municipal recycling center, 45 Flint Street,  Marstons Mills.   

Yarmouth: Yarmouth municipal recycling center,  600 Forest Road, South Yarmouth.

Dennis:  Dennis municipal recycling,  100 Theopilus Smith Road,  South Dennis.

Harwich: Harwich municipal recycling center (the Treasure Chest), 980 Queen Anne Road, Harwich.

Truro: Truro municipal recycling center,  on the east side of Route 6 , about half a mile south of Pamet Road,  Truro.

The charity takes all kinds of books, both paperback and hardcover, fiction and nonfiction, all subject matters, books for children as well as books for adults and textbooks of every kind for humanitarian distribution to book starved libraries and schools globally.

In addition to books in print, the charity also takes books on tape and DVDs. The charity cannot take National Geographic or any other magazines, journals or catalogues. All books/tapes/DVD's for donation should be packed in secure cardboard cartons with four flaps or a lid which closes securely over the contents .

To obtain a tax receipt for book donations made to any Hands Across the Water surplus books for charity community book collection container, write up an estimate of the number of donated books and send this information along with a self addressed stamped envelope to Hands Across the Water's administrative office at 7 Rodgers Rd, Stoneham, MA 02180-3045 .  Please do not deposit your books there.   A tax receipt will be mailed back to you.

For further information, contact the Hands Across the Water book collection charity at [email protected] or 781-438-4051 . The book charity additionally runs used book collection programs statewide in Massachusetts in many other communities, either at recycling centers or school or library parking lots, all listed on the charity's website at ,or call the charity at 781-438-4051. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on