How to Get Free Books Using the First Book National Book Bank

Have you heard about the First Book National Book Bank? It’s the part of the First Book Marketplace where all the books are FREE. You just pay shipping and handling!

What is the First Book National Book Bank?

First Book members can access brand new books by the carton from the Book Bank section of the First Book Marketplace for only the cost of shipping and handling—the books are FREE! All of the brand new books and educational resources in this section were generously donated by our publishing partners and are ideal for members with limited budgets, high quantity needs, and greater flexibility around content.

The First Book Book Bank and Marketplace have merged onto the same website, meaning you can find free books throughout the website —just look for the red Book Bank Badge.

What has changed?

The Book Bank model hasn’t changed, but now it is integrated with the First Book Marketplace so you don’t have to check out twice! Book Bank items will appear while you search or browse sections across the website.

If you have Book Bank items in your cart, you will see a flat shipping fee of $0 at checkout, as the amount “You Pay” already reflects the cost of shipping and handling for Book Bank cartons. However, if you have any items from other First Book Marketplace categories in your cart and your order is under $25, you will see a flat rate shipping fee of $7.50 applied to your order. All orders with a subtotal of $25 or more ship free.

Book Bank items will now ship faster — within 3-14 business days — the same time frame as First Book Marketplace books! And now you can also expedite Book Bank cartons! The cost will be $0.45 per book for 2-Day Shipping and $0.65 per book for Overnight shipping.

How can I order free books?

Head to to peruse books or see the “Book Bank” section tab on the First Book Marketplace website!

First Book members can also access a free digital library of eBooks for the kids and families they serve by ordering access codes for the Open eBooks app. Through Open eBooks, kids and families can access thousands of popular and award-winning eBooks! The free iOS and Android app allow instant downloads up to 10 eBooks at a time to mobile digital devices or Chromebook. To request access for the kids you serve, click here.

Donated Book Bank cartons are only available while supplies last, so place your order as soon as possible. Also, be sure to check back frequently and keep an eye out for communications from First Book, as new donations can come in at any time. You can also sign up for text message updates from the Book Bank to receive a text notification as soon as new donations arrive!

To purchase from the First Book Marketplace or Book Bank, you must be a First Book member. Learn how to become a member — for free!

For all of your First Book Marketplace questions, visit our FAQ page. If your questions aren’t covered there, please call us at 866-READNOW (866-732-3669) or email us at