Answers for Frequently Asked Questions

Who do you send books to?

We send to families of overseas workers without access to books and to schools or other ministries associated with them.

Where do the books come from?

People who have heard about BookEnds have donated literally thousands of books to be distributed world-wide. We also look for bargains on particularly desired books at thrift stores and garage sales.

How many boxes can I order?

In order to have an impact on the most families, you may place up to two orders per year. In each order you may request either up to two large international boxes or 200 books sent within the U.S. Exceptions may be granted on a case-by-case basis.

What are the shipping options?

We send via
-Media Mail to US zip codes,
- US Postal Service International flat rate internationally, or
- sea-borne shipping to certain countries.
You can also drop by and pick up books in person if you're in Santa Barbara.

What does it cost?

You pay the entire cost of Media Mail shipments: typically 60 cents per book. BookEnds subsidizes half of the cost of up to 4 international boxes per year. This subsidy is made possible by contributions of generous individuals. See table below

Do I have to send the books back when I'm done with them?

No, we expect that you will find good homes for the books wherever you are when it comes time to part with them.

What methods of payment do you accept?

We accept reimbursement via Paypal, Zelle, or Check (from a bank in the US).

Box Description Approximate Dimensions Typical # books Max weight Approx. cost Shipping cost per book
Large Flat Rate 24" x 14" x 3" or 12" x 12" x 6" 25 20 $121 to $132 $5.04
Medium Flat Rate 14" x 12" x 3" or 11" x 9" x 5" 15 20 $96.00 $6.40
Media Mail (US Only) Dimensions vary 40 varies About $19 for 20 pounds $0.63