? Bridge to Asia: How to Send Your Books

Supporting Higher Education
in China and Southeast Asia

How to Send Your Books


Ship or Drop-off

First, make a list of your books, and send it to us by email (asianet@bridge.org).

Please pack your books in a sturdy carton. Stack them like bricks at both ends of the carton, not on their spines, and fill remaining space with newspaper or small paperbacks. Please tape the carton securely, and label it Bridge to Asia (If you are sending multiple cartons, please mark them 1/X ... X/X.)

For mailing rates, please see sidebar on the right.

(Our Hayward facility closed down. We apologize for any confusion).

The new warehouse is in San Leandro.

Bridge to Asia
American Expediting
1950 Williams Street, Dock 6 and 7
San Leandro, CA 94577

The San Leandro facility accepts walk-in donations from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (except legal holidays). The Holiday closures are Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve day and Christmas, New Year's Eve Day and the New Year. For direction and other details, please call 510-878-9427. For those who deliver in person. American Expediting office locates at the far end of the large building. Please knock on a small door left to Dock 7. The warehouse takes your contact information but will not issue acknowledgment or receipt for your donation.

Contact Us: Receive Acknowledgment and IRS Receipt

After you have sent or delivered your books, please notify us by email (asianet@bridge.org) or phone (510-665-3998), and we will mail you a letter of thanks and an IRS form for claiming your tax benefit.

Your out-of-pocket expenses (packing materials, shipping costs) are tax deductible together with the value of your books.

We appreciate the hard work of packing, lifting, and mailing books and magazines, and regret all the more that we cannot reimburse you for shipping or mailing costs.

Media Mail Rate


You are permitted to use MediaMail Rate, formerly known as Special Standard Mail. As of May 1, 2009, this rate is approximately US$19.38 per 50 pounds, for materials such as the following: "books (at least 8 pages),...printed music,
printed test materials, sound recordings, play scripts, printed educational charts, loose-leaf pages and binders consisting
of medical information, and computer-readable media." (USPS Quick Service Guide 730-Package Services-Media Mail)

You may need to cite this regulation at your Post Office
if the clerk questions your use
of the rate. You can print an overview of the Media Mail Regulation from the USPS Web site.


For magazines containing advertisements, we recommmend UPS or FedEx Ground services.



Letter from a donor


"Yesterday, as I taped shut the last box of books from my library. I felt a tugging inside me and I wept. They were not tears of sadness, although I shall miss these old friends of mine. And they were not tears of joy, since there is little to be joyous about in the world today. They were tears that hope evokes—hope in knowing there are younger people with fresh ideas and the determination to make things better who will carry on."


Gordon F. Williams, M.D.