Welcome Center & Curiosity Shop

The space lovingly known as the Book Center (sometimes called the Book Barn, the Library, the Book Place, the Book Shop, the Once-Read Book Shop) has reopened as the 577 Welcome Center & Curiosity Shop. Explore the new space by browsing the collection of thousands of gently-used books with selections for all ages and interests. View the new display of handmade pottery for sale created by students at 577. Plus, crafters, teachers, artists, and students will love browsing the large selection of art supplies now available. 577 staff is available to answer any questions on items available, upcoming classes, and more. 

Many thanks to the First Solar Community Giving Fund of the Greater Toledo Community Foundation for grant funding to convert the Book Center to the Curiosity Shop! 

Shop Hours

  • Mondays: Closed
  • Tuesdays: Closed
  • Wednesdays, 10am to 4pm
  • Thursdays, 10am to 4pm
  • Fridays, 10am to 4pm
  • Saturdays, 10am to 4pm
  • Sundays: Closed


  • Donations of up to two (2) boxes or bags of gently-used and like-new books and art supplies are accepted during open hours. Information on the full list of accepted items is in the section below.

        What’s in the Shop?

        Community Art Work

        This fall we are thrilled to have work by local artist Isabelle Tucker on display. Isabelle first joined the 577 staff as a program intern in 2021. She returned to 577 this spring to help us relaunch the Welcome Center and Curiosity Shop. She has returned to school at the University of Cincinnati for the fall semester to complete her degree and we look forward to her return full time in December.

        In the interim, Isabelle’s installation “you call this home?” will be on display through December. Her installation is a series of photographs that have gone through the cyanotype process. This process is one of the oldest processes for developing photographs. The process includes creating a chemical mixture, applying it to paper or fabric, and using a negative and UV rays to develop and create a photograph.

        Learn more about how you can have your artwork displayed by contacting Danielle Marino, Assistant Director of Education & Outreach by email at dmarino@577foundation.org.

        Donation Guidelines

        Book Donation Guidelines
        Art/Craft Donation Guidelines

        Book Donation Guidelines

        Donations of up to two (2) boxes or bags of gently-used and like-new books and art supplies are accepted without an appointment. If you have more than two boxes, please give us a call at 419-874-4174 to inquire about setting up an appointment.

        We are currently accepting:

        • Children & Young Adult Books
        • Hardback & Paperback: Fiction
        • Hardback & Paperback: Nonfiction (within 10 years)
        • Cookbooks & Gardening Books (within 10 years)
        • Travel & Technology Books (within 5 years)
        • Oversized Books
        • Arts & Crafts Books
        • Rare or Local Books
        • Magazines (within 1 year)

        We do not accept:

        • Damaged books that have broken bindings, missing pages, yellowed or soiled pages, or that smell of smoke, or mildew, or are excessively dirty or dusty
        • Clearly outdated materials including, but not limited to: travel, legal, tax, medical, health books
        • Magazines older than 1 year 
        • Encyclopedias, Reader’s Digest, or Textbooks
        • DVDs, CDS, cassette tapes, records, or other media
        • Computer software or equipment

        Art/Craft Donation Guidelines

        Divert usable materials from the landfill by donating reusable like-new art supplies. Local creatives, makers, and teachers will have access to inexpensive, quality materials, and you’ll also help the environment.

        Donations of like-new and gently used art supplies are accepted on open shop days and limited to two boxes/bags. If you have more than two boxes, please give us a call at 419-874-4174 to inquire about setting up an appointment. 

        We are looking for the following items:

        • paints (watercolor, acrylic/craft, gouache, oil)
        • yarn and knitting tools
        • canvases
        • table looms
        • printmaking supplies
        • embroidery hoops
        • darning mushrooms
        • photography equipment
        • paintbrushes
        • embroidery floss
        • colored pencils
        • crayons
        • pastels (oil & chalk)
        • gesso
        • art papers
        • glue
        • inks
        • markers
        • clean sponges
        • scissors
        • rulers
        • basket weaving materials and tools
        • wood carving & burning tools
        • pottery tools (no clay or slip molds)
        • fabrics in usable yardage
        • sketchbooks

        577 is open daily, 9am to 5pm. The Welcome Center & Curiosity Shop is open Wednesday ~ Saturday, 10am to 4pm.