Donate your unwanted books, furniture, and other materials before you move out this spring!

Help benefit charities like Harvard Habitat for Humanity (which resells the items in the fall), reduce waste on campus, and be an environmental steward.

Donation and Reuse Locations are stationed across campus:

View this map in Google Maps

Looking for move out boxes?

Check with your dining hall to grab free boxes left over from shipmentsa great way to reuse!

Accepted materials

  • Textbooks, general books, office supplies (even partially-used)
  • Apartment supplies such as storage crates, fans, trash cans, bulletin boards, hardware, bricks and lumber
  • Dishes, cups and silverware
  • Futons, chairs, rugs (roll up) and mirrors (place next to box)
  • Tables, chairs, book shelves and other non-upholstered furniture
  • Clothing and shoes (tied together), eyeglasses, athletic equipment, toys
  • Unfinished bottles of laundry detergent, shampoo, household cleaners and cosmetics
  • Appliances including mini-fridges, microwaves, toasters, fans, lamps, clocks etc.

Unfortunately we cannot accept food, mattresses, or upholstered furniture.

Have smaller e-waste like chargers, old headphones, or batteries?

Find e-waste drop-off locations

Here's some information about various move-outs, donation stations, and reuse stations happening across campus:




Basements of Canaday, Greenough, Hollis, Hurlbut, Matthews, Stoughton, Straus, Thayer, Weld, and Wigglesworth


  • Adams H entry basement and Clav recycling room
  • Cabot Briggs basement
  • Currier Dining Hall
  • Dunster - front entrance under the tent
  • Eliot E entryway
  • Kirkland Outside B entryway
  • Leverett Outside Building Manager's office
  • Located in the Lowelltell
  • Mather Behind Tower
  • Pfoho Basements of Holmes, Comstock, Wolback, and Jordan
  • Quincy under the Qube
  • Winthrop - In G & C entries

GRADUATE School of Arts and Sciences


Basements of Child Hall, Richards Hall, Conant Hall, and Perkins Hall, near the Laundry


Athletes, when cleaning out your lockers, look for donation boxes or barrels in these buildings:

  • Bright/Gordon Hallway
  • Newell BoatHouse



Lounge areas of HBS dorms:

  • Chase
  • Gallatin
  • Hamilton
  • Mellon
  • McCulloch
  • Morris

Harvard Graduate School of Education 

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle—Donate!

From Monday, May 9- Wednesday, May 25, the Freecycle Donation Station bin will be set up in the Gutman Vestibule. Donate your unwanted books, office supplies, and other small materials before you pack up for the summer!  No furniture please—contact Harvard Recycling and Surplus Services to inquire into donating furniture.

Harvard Law School


  • Books, Horn books, textbooks, notebooks, office supplies (even partially-used)
  • Dorm supplies such as mini-fridges, storage crates, fans, trash cans, bulletin boards, cinder blocks, bricks, and lumber
  • Futons, rugs, chairs and mirrors (place next to box and clearly label “For Harvard Habitat for Humanity”)
  • Clothing and shoes (tied together), eyeglasses, athletic equipment, toys, and linens
  • Unopened non-perishable food (canned goods, boxed pasta, microwaveables)
  • Unfinished bottles of laundry detergent and household cleaners
  • Toiletries, shampoo, lotions, and cosmetics
  • Computers and parts, printers, and other electronics


  • Caspersen Student Center, under the ramp to the Hark (our permanent HLS donation station location)
  • Outdoor underpass between Story and the Hark
  • Covered patio between Holmes and Ames
  • 1st floor walkway between Ames and Dane
  • 1st floor walkway between Story and Shaw
  • North Hall Lounge
  • Hastings Basement (Entry 5 near the kitchen and Entry 3 near the stairs) 

Harvard University Housing

Harvard University Housing offers several options for residents during the moving season; on-site donation stations and collection boxes, Freecycle events hosted by Graduate Commons, and community resources for posting items online. For more information check out the Green Moving Guide!

Green Moving Guide


SUMMER SCHOOL (late july)

Starting in late July, donation bins will be available in:

  • Cabot
  • Canaday
  • DeWolfe
  • Dunster
  • Grays (Donate in Weld or Matthews)
  • Greenough
  • Holworthy (Donate in Stoughton)
  • Inn at Harvard
  • Kirkland
  • Leverett
  • Lionel
  • Mather
  • Mower
  • Pennypacker (Donate in Hurlbut)
  • Pforzheimer
  • Straus
  • Wigglesworth

Other Resources

Harvard Surplus Center

City of Cambridge

Furniture Donations