A Greener Read

About Us

Our Retail Store

Located near the intersection of Payne Avenue and 7th St we are an easy stop on your way to enjoy the excitement of Payne Avenue and historically diverse East Side. 

Pick a convenient parking spot in our lot and enjoy a panoramic downtown view while you get your mind right to come in and browse our 10,000+ used books, vinyl records, CD's, DVD's, and locally made stuff. 

This Store is part of promise to you that we will find every possible way to see that the books that you put in our community book collection bins are kept in circulation. The inventory is ever changing and the prices are right.

Book Collection Boxes

Our book and used media boxes are the heart of what we do at A Greener Read and we're happy to offer 20 community locations from Hammond Wisconsin to Orono in the St Paul/Minneapolis Metro area as well 5 locations in our sister city of Fargo, ND. If there isn't one near you, let us know and we'll try and get one in your neighborhood. 

Every item placed in the boxes is sold, donated, or recycled. We're a St Paul based for profit company that lives in the community! 

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Our first partnership is with the people that choose to make A Greener Read a part of what they are doing in the community. We've hosted fundraisers for ESP Bikes, held a Halloween trunk or treat event for neighborhood kid's, was the kick off location for Melvin Carter's historic run for St Paul Mayor, partnered with the East Side Freedom Library, and genuinely been available as a community space and resource to everyone that has asked.

Through this we've forged lasting bonds and been a part of the positive vibe on the East Side. It's been awesome.

We also have had the pleasure of working with Read Indeed, a kid's book non profit founded by Maria Keller, an 8 year old with a big plan! Her vision - let's get books to kid's that otherwise would not have them. There's a good chance that when you put a kid's book in one of our bins that it ends up at Read Indeed. In 2016 we donated over 25,000 kid's books!

Books For Africa is a non profit based in Minnesota that for over 25 years has worked tirelessly to end the book drought in Africa. When we started we approached them and asked "what do you need?". There answer was immediate and precise - post secondary text books. Easy enough. We give them hundreds of them per month. If you give us textbooks, it's likely that they will go to help this awesome non profit.

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A Greener Read

713 Minnehaha Avenue East, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55106, United States


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