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Book Swap Frequently Asked Questions

1 Jan


bookswap frequently asked questions

NOTE: The bookswap is back in business. Now on the ground floor.

Frequently asked questions about the community bookswap. The bookswap is a community resource- if you think you are using it in a way that is contrary to its nature, ask. We want people to use it, not to stop using it because its not interesting anymore.

What is the bookswap?
This is a free community service to swap books, cds, dvds, and magazines.

Is this a book store?
No this is a free book swap.

What are the hours?
Any time you want to come by. Its always open. Just the neighbours can hear you, so be considerate.

I could not find the location on the website what is it?
Since the swap is in a private location you actually need to write and ask for the address. That way we have a better sense of who is coming and going. I stick my head out to say hi on occasion too and might ask what types of books you are interested in.

Is there a phone number to contact?
No. I used to give one out but unfortunately 1. some people were a bit mean on the phone and 2. I’m not such a phone person and don’t always have alot of time to chat.

I have a large number of magazines, foreign language books, a huge library can I bring them by?
We can’t really accommodate that right now. All books need to be kept inside the closed bookcase to prevent damage to the books. If someone donates another bookcase that can keep books safe outside that could change. In general we are pretty filled to capacity.

If you plan to bring  say 25 magazines, please mostly swap for other magazines as as far as I can tell, most users like to take books not magazines. I was sort of thinking something like 1 book for 4 magazines but I would be happy to hear input on this policy.

DO NOT BRING OLD OUT OF DATE TEXTBOOKS OR HARLEQUIN ROMANCES! No one is interested in taking them and they just take up space. Don’t bring books that should really be thrown out.

Is it a one to one swap?

Pretty much. That seems fair, don’t you think? See above about magazines.

I am interested in Italian Water Clocks. Do you have a book on that topic?
Sometimes people ask me if this or that book is in the swap. The truth is usually I don’t know. Sometimes I know there is (or was) a book by the same author but I don’t check what books are there, that often. Please don’t ask me to go check. Even if I do check, you can’t know who is going to take what when. Also there are quite a number of people using the swap at this stage and its time consuming answering questions. I can say that quite a number of the swappers I’ve spoken to have said that they have found something that they had wanted to read at the swap. Think serendipity rather than anything else.

What if I don’t have anything to swap, can I buy a book?
You can buy a book for 5 NIS. Proceeds towards new books or other things that the swap could use. Happy for further input on this policy.

What buses go to the bookswap?
This one I don’t answer online.

How can I help?
Use the swap.
Put the books back nicely so that the next person will have an easy time using the swap and so that the books don’t fall on the next user or the person who cleans the area.


Some people have suggested adding the books to a GoodReads account?We did set one up and would be happy to have people help with it.

Please consider the neighbours and keep noise to a minimum.

Happy to hear suggestions and what types of things you’d like to see in the swap. Ideally leave these as a comment here. It makes it easier for me to find the information.

Happy to hear other suggestions, but please do suggest them nicely.

Oh and if I haven’t replied to your email, please do give me a week and then email me again. I may have missed your email or it may have been swallowed by the spam filter. Best bet is to add a comment here.

Original photo by katerha

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33 Responses to “Book Swap Frequently Asked Questions”

  1. judith January 21, 2013 at 10:56 pm #

    I would like to come to the book swap. I have bout 20 books, all in English, mostly thrillers and novels, that I would like to swap.

    What is the address of the book swap and what neighborhood is it in?

    Thank you,

  2. David January 22, 2013 at 12:48 am #

    Sounds interesting…
    Where are you?
    What are the hours?
    Thanks for your initiative.

  3. Abbe January 22, 2013 at 9:58 am #

    I live in Nachlaot and would like to check out your book swap. Please tell me where you are.

  4. Ya'aqov Ben-Yehudah January 22, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    I can’t find your e-mail address.

    Also, please feel free to join us at the Israeli English Book Exchange, hosted by

  5. Rivi January 23, 2013 at 9:11 pm #

    I live in Rehavia and I am interested in coming to the bookswap with my friend tomorrow. Where is it located?

  6. Mei January 23, 2013 at 11:14 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this!

  7. Mei January 23, 2013 at 11:15 pm #

    Check your email please.

  8. Shelly February 13, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    I’d like to come to th ebookswap but don’t see an e-mail here to write you for the location…

  9. Maxine Piczenik February 13, 2013 at 11:39 am #

    I work by the Great Synagogue in Town and have some books i need to get rid off so would be happy to know of a book swap in Rehavia.

  10. Riva March 26, 2013 at 9:58 pm #

    My kids and I would like to come swap books. Where are you located? Thanks and Mo’adim LeSimcha. Riva

  11. Helen Kreeger July 19, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

    A great idea. I have plenty of swapsies. Please send me the address.

  12. Keren Bat-Heyn July 22, 2013 at 11:55 pm #

    Could you please email me info on your location? I’d like to com to swap. I have paperbacks & lots of other books. Thank you & thank you for running the swap!

  13. alison silas August 9, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

    I would very much like to become a member of your book swap library, would it be possible to get some info on the location of said library. Thanks

  14. miriam ben yishai September 24, 2013 at 8:36 am #

    The second hand bookshops have mostly junk Hopfully you have some good books but where are you I see you are asked all the time but there is no answer I asume in Jerusalem from the questions

  15. Mei October 7, 2013 at 2:04 am #

    please check your email. I don’t post the address online.

  16. michael November 16, 2013 at 9:31 pm #

    i have hardcover books to swap mostly mysteries and thrillers. so, where R U?

  17. beri March 10, 2014 at 10:02 am #

    I’ve been coming to the bookswap since it started. I love it! I almost never buy books anymore. I almost always find something great to read. Thank you for setting this up and maintaining it. You’re providing a wonderful service to the community.

  18. Mei March 11, 2014 at 6:17 pm #

    Thanks for the kind words!

  19. Elisheva May 8, 2014 at 7:07 pm #

    Could you send me an email with your location? Thanks!

  20. Mei May 14, 2014 at 10:02 pm #

    Please check your email.

  21. Avigail Frij October 3, 2014 at 11:36 am #

    Please email me on:

    Your location
    Your phone number if I have trouble finding you
    Hours of this booksale/swap
    Gmar Hatima Tova!


  22. Arvind October 5, 2014 at 9:49 am #

    Hi, Where is is this located ?

  23. Mei October 5, 2014 at 10:58 am #

    Avigail and Arvind- check your email.

  24. sharonah rabinowitz October 6, 2014 at 8:27 am #

    Please tell me where you are located. Thanks.

  25. Rachel October 20, 2014 at 2:35 pm #

    Hi, can I have the address of the swap? Great idea and so nice of you to maintain!

  26. Nili October 20, 2014 at 4:47 pm #

    Hi! Can you send me the location? Thanks!

  27. jess October 21, 2014 at 11:04 am #

    I am interested in visiting your bookswap. Please send your address and phone number. What are the best hours to come by?

  28. Tova January 3, 2015 at 7:44 pm #

    I would like to know where the book swap is? Thanks so much!

  29. Sara Rivka Cohen September 2, 2015 at 8:27 pm #

    The book club I belong to would love to swap some of our books with other book clubs. Do you have an area in the book swap with a few copies of the same books from other book clubs?
    I am interested to swap my books as well. Is this book swap still in existence (I see the letters above were all written in 22013), and if so, where are you located?

  30. ADAM MOSHE December 30, 2015 at 9:53 pm #

    HI I am in Nachlaot most mornings and would love to trade in some of my well read English books for newer material. Can you send me that address please?

  31. martin hoffman January 4, 2016 at 9:40 pm #

    I live in Nahalot; have lots of books to swap, and would like to know where you are located.

  32. Chen January 19, 2016 at 4:52 am #

    Hi, What is your address please? I would like to swap books and DVDs. Thanks

  33. Meira @ Birkat Chaverim January 19, 2016 at 12:20 pm #

    check your email please!

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