selling your books             


*Currently we are very busy working on a second location, so some days we are in and out of the shop. To ensure that someone will be here when you bring your books by, it's best to shoot us an email before heading over*

Pilsen Community Books is happy to offer a fair price for books in VERY GOOD condition. We accept the widest variety of books in the city. If you have books sitting unread on your shelves, we would love to give them a new life– either on our retail shelves or on the shelves of a deserving school. We need your help to support the literature and literacy community in Chicago!

For collections under 150 books, you can stop by our book store during buying hours for a valuation.

For collections over 150 books, we offer free at-home valuation and pickup services. To qualify, we ask that you submit either a photograph of your collection or a sample of at least ten ISBNs. You can find a link to our submission form below.

We are very picky about book condition. We only buy books that are in VERY GOOD condition – no tears, no missing covers, no water-damage, no smoking. Here is a list of books we DO NOT buy:

        • NO books with highlighting, notes, or underlining. 

        • NO encyclopedias, law books, text books, or teaching materials. 

        • NO magazines of any type