Bridge to Asia: How to Send Your Books

Supporting Higher Education
in China and Southeast Asia

How to Send Your Books

Ship or Drop-off

First, make a list of your books, and send it to us by email (

Please pack your books in a sturdy carton. Stack them like bricks at both ends of the carton, not on their spines, and fill remaining space with newspaper or small paperbacks. Please tape the carton securely, and label it Bridge to Asia (If you are sending multiple cartons, please mark them 1/X ... X/X.)

For mailing rates, please see sidebar on the right.

Our New warehouse address is:

Bridge to Asia
38503 Cherry Street, Suite J
Newark, CA 94560

The warehouse is overwhelmed now. Please hold shipment and delivery until further notice.

(The warehouse accepts walk-in book donation. Please pack in cardboard boxes as instructed. No shopping bags are accepted. Please call (toll free) 833-234-8627 for appointment and directions before drop-off.)

Contact Us: Receive Acknowledgment and IRS Receipt

After you have sent or delivered your books, please notify us by email ( or phone (510-333-5896), and we will mail you a letter of thanks and an IRS form for claiming your tax benefit.

Your out-of-pocket expenses (packing materials, shipping costs) are tax deductible together with the value of your books.

We appreciate the hard work of packing, lifting, and mailing books and magazines, and regret all the more that we cannot reimburse you for shipping or mailing costs.

Book Rate

You are permitted to use Book Rate, formerly known as Special Standard Mail. As of May 1, 2009, this rate is approximately US$19.38 per 50 pounds, for materials such as the following: "books (at least 8 pages),...printed music,
printed test materials, sound recordings, play scripts, printed educational charts, loose-leaf pages and binders consisting
of medical information, and computer-readable media." (USPS Quick Service Guide 730-Package Services-Media Mail)

You may need to cite this regulation at your Post Office
if the clerk questions your use
of the rate. 

For magazines containing advertisements, we recommend UPS or FedEx Ground services.

Letter from a donor

"Yesterday, as I taped shut the last box of books from my library. I felt a tugging inside me and I wept. They were not tears of sadness, although I shall miss these old friends of mine. And they were not tears of joy, since there is little to be joyous about in the world today. They were tears that hope evokes—hope in knowing there are younger people with fresh ideas and the determination to make things better who will carry on."

Gordon F. Williams, M.D.