Community Bookshelves

Take It, Leave It Locations

Take It, Leave It Bookshelves

This innovative project was created in 2005 to make free reading available to children and families in public locations. Bookshelves are filled with new and gently-used books. Readers are encouraged to borrow a book, read it, return it to the bookshelf, and borrow another book to read. WCR replenishes the supply of books as needed. Currently there are 15 bookshelves set up. In 2017 three new bookshelves are being installed.

Take It, Leave It bookshelves are informal lending libraries that encourage literacy and community involvement.

Clean X-Press Laundromat
1100B Macdonald Ave.
Richmond, CA 94564

Downer YMCA
263 So. 20th St
Richmond, CA 94804

Shields Reid Community Center
10 Kelsey St
North Richmond, CA 94801

Nevin Community Center
598 Nevin Ave.
Richmond CA 94801

Pullman Point Apartments
2989 Pullman Ave.
Richmond, CA 94804

Crescent Park Apartments
5004 Hartnett Ave
Richmond, CA 94804

Deliverance Temple Apartments
4312 Potrero Ave.
Richmond, CA 94804

Barrett Terrace Apartments
700 Barrett Ave.
Richmond, CA 94801



Re-entry Success Center
912 Macdonald Ave.
Richmond, CA 94801

Rubicon Programs
120 Broadway
Richmond, CA 94804

Hilltop YMCA
4300 Lakeside Dr.
Richmond, CA 94806

Building Blocks For Kids
312 9th St.
Richmond, CA 94801

Fairmont Elementary
724 Kearney St.
El Cerrito, CA 94530

GRIP Shelter
165 22nd St.
Richmond, CA 94801

St. Mark’s Parish
159 Harbour Way
Richmond, CA 94801