We are Closed Through May 29th

Out of an abundance of caution and because a significant percentage of our volunteer staff are in the at-risk-for-death age rage for Covid19, we are closing the doors of the book loft effective immediately through Friday, May 29, when we will re-evaluate. During this time, we will also be suspending pickups from people’s homes and businesses. We understand that some people are of the opinion that the measures being taken at this time are a massive overreaction, I hope they’re right. But it is simply not worth the risk to endanger anyone’s health over second-hand books.In the meantime, you have all those books you’ve been wanting to read, right?
Take care, stay home, stay well and keep washing your hands. We’ll keep you posted.

New Beneficiaries for 2020

The Book Fair Foundation announced on Wednesday February 5th that they have chosen Dayton International Peace Museum, Xenia Area Community Theater and WYSO Center for Community Voices as recipients of the proceeds from the organization’s 2020 Book Fair.

Once again we were inundated with so many excellent candidates, it is a challenge to choose just three and so wonderful to see how many great non-profits there are here working for the greater good of our community.

NEW deadline for 2020 Applications

If you are interested in being a beneficiary of the Dayton Book Fair in 2020, please note that the application deadline has been changed ! It must be received by close of business (3 pm) on 21 January 2020 or postmarked 15 January 2020.  You can find information and a link to the application packet here.

Need a New Home for Your Books?

With all the Marie Kondo-ing going on and spring cleaning upon us, you may find yourself with a books you’d like to rehome. Perhaps you’re down-sizing. In any case, we can help you. If you need boxes, we have them. If you need a pick-up, we can come get them. If you need a team of us to come box your books and carry them away we can do that to. (There’s no charge for any of this, we’re happy to help.) Just give us a call at (937) 999-4491 or send us an email at

If you’re more the DIY type, you can bring your books to us during our open hours (and we’ll help unload them) Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Wednesday 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Or if you come at a time when we’re not open, we have a 24 hour secure (bear proof!) book drop in our parking lot.

In addition to books, we’re happy to take vinyl records, CDs, DVDs, puzzles, games, artwork, posters, desk sets, vintage paper items, book-related toys, calendars, audiobooks, and whatever else you might have in your desk drawers.

And if you only have a few books to bring us, that’s great too. After all, you need to hold on to a few to read.


We are a 501(c)3 organization and a registered charity, your donation is tax deductible!

New Beneficiaries for 2019.

After weeks of deliberation and poring over stacks of applications, we have chosen our three partners for the 2019 Book Fair, who will each receive an equal portion of the proceeds from the sale. They are the Dayton Day of the Dead Festival, the Greater Dayton LGBT Center and the Miami Valley Community Action Partners.

In addition we are looking forward to presenting checks next week of $10,000 each to our 2018 Beneficiaries Rebuilding Together Dayton, the Victory Project and We Care Arts.

Be sure to check out “Recent News” for the scoop on the new beneficiaries, (and the process of choosing them) along with the many other things we’re up to at the Book Fair Foundation. All this and more coming soon to RECENT NEWS.