Leamington Spa Art Gallery at the Pump Rooms are setting up an Own Books Bookshelf in May. Make sure you pop along and take home a book to treasure.



We are thrilled to announce that Stratford Town Trust have, very generously, awarded Own Books another grant. This will enable us to run even more Own Books Inspires workshops over the coming year.

The 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust have continued with their support for Own Books, for the third year running awarding us a grant.


We were also delighted to receive another very generous cheque from Henley-in-Arden Rotary Club. Pictured below is Own Books founder, Julie de Bastion, being presented with the cheque.




On Thursday 1st March 2018, UK schools will be celebrating their love of reading and books by taking part in activities for World Book Day.

For over ten years, World of Books has been finding innovative ways to connect to local, national and global communities of book lovers. With funding cuts to schools, increasingly some children are unable to get access to the books they need for their education.

In support and celebration of literacy on World Book Day, World of Books are launching an exciting opportunity for 200 primary schools up and down the country to win a share of £50,000 worth of books from As a school, to be entered into the prize draw all you need to do is head to their website here, and answer the question. This competition opens on World Book Day until Saturday 31st March 2018. Terms and Conditions apply.

Stephen Boobyer, CEO of World of Books commented: “Every year we send millions of books to people all over the world, so we understand just how magical a good read can be! This World Book Day we want to bring the excitement and joy of reading to an even wider audience, by putting more books into the hands of children, who will develop a lifelong love of reading.”


We are absolutely delighted that World of Books are now donating to Own Books schools in Coventry.


World of Books was founded in 2008, the socially responsible business has built an extensive supply network of used books for resale and recycling, saving 26,000 tonnes of goods from landfill each year.

World of Books purchases significant volumes of donated books from UK charities – boosting revenues for these good causes and saving them waste disposal costs. This business model has generated over £12m for UK charities in the last 5 years.

The core focus of the business is to develop and continue to improve the service we offer to our customers.

Continued investment in new technology has played a large part in driving the business forward. Bespoke software enables World of Books to manage its 2m strong database of books, and react in real time to the market to offer the best prices to customers.



We were delighted to receive a beautiful Christmas card from the children and teachers at Courthouse Green Primary School in Coventry. Their lovely messages prove the positive impact that Own Books has on schools and their communities.

© Julie de Bastion 2018