Reuse Center for teachers and nonprofits moves to Addison

  • A teacher browses the shelves at SCARCE's reuse center for reading books to add to her classroom library.

    A teacher browses the shelves at SCARCE's reuse center for reading books to add to her classroom library. Courtesy of Jose Torres

Submitted by Carolyn Horak
Updated 7/13/2020 10:24 AM

On June 15, local nonprofit SCARCE reopened at its new location at 800 S. Rohlwing Road (Route 53) in Addison after an extended closure due to the state issued stay-at-home order.

The new location includes a Reuse Center, where teachers and nonprofits are invited to get gently-used books and supplies for their students and clients.


The new facility also houses Scarcely Used Books & Records, a resale shop open to the public. Both are now open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

SCARCE has served the community with environmental education, reuse projects and recycling programs since 1990.

Its Reuse Center has provided over 8 million books to people in need.

The Reuse Center combined with SCARCE's recycling programs have diverted millions of valuable items and materials from the landfill.

The nonprofit had long since outgrown its previous location.

The move offers almost triple the space of the former location which provides a better -- and safer -- experience for visitors and staff alike.

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"If we were still at our old location, I don't think we would have been able to reopen -- it would have been very difficult to social distance there. Now we've got plenty of space," McKeen said. "We're really excited to be back helping teachers and organizations get the books and supplies they need to help people succeed."

School staff and nonprofit personnel are invited to visit SCARCE to get books and school supplies for the people they serve.

Community members interested in supporting these efforts can make a financial donation online at, visit Scarcely Used Books & Records, or call (630) 545-9710 to donate books and school supplies.

During the shutdown, SCARCE has connected with local groups to donate books to hand out to families with food assistance, including Tri-Town YMCA and Villa Park Elementary District 45, the Glen Ellyn Children's Resource Center, Elgin Partnership for Early Learning, Neighborhood Food Pantries in West Chicago, and MetroSquash in Chicago.

More information about SCARCE can be found on

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