Get books delivered to your doorstep.
Return them when you're done reading.
Just like a library.

Islamabad only (for now)

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

You may also find The Rules helpful. They answer many questions you might have about the process.

Q. Is this a service for children or adults?

Young or old, tall or short, bespectacled or monocled, we don't differentiate. Bear With Books is for anyone and everyone who likes reading books, just like you.

Q. I have a lot of books lying around. Can I donate them to you?

Yes! As long as they're not pirated copies, we'd love to add them to our library. Send an email to with a list of the books you'd like to donate. Please mention that you're a "book donor" in the subject of the email.

Q. Can you send me books if I live outside Islamabad?

Not at this time, unfortunately.

Q. Where can I find the list of books you have?

There's no list right now. We're just starting out and are hoping to grow our library with your help. We'll send you any book you ask for as long as we can find it, and thanks to you, that book will become a permanent part of our library.

Q. So you'll send me any book I ask for? Any book at all?

Well, there are some caveats. We will chiefly be dealing in relatively popular fiction and non-fiction books. We won't be able to send you any rare books, academics texts, or magazines. Besides that, we'll do our best to send you any book you ask for.

Q. How long will it take you to deliver the book after I've ordered it?

Typically, up to 3 days.

Q. How will I know if you couldn't find and send me a book I asked for?

We'll contact you to admit our failure within 3 days (and humbly seek your forgiveness).

Q. What forms of payment do you accept? And how should I pay the membership fee?

For now, cash only. We will collect the payment from your address (the one you provided in your sign-up information). We will, of course, take your availability into account and contact you via phone and/or email before showing up.

Q. How do I return a book when I'm done reading?

Hit the "Return Book" button in the Members area of our website. Fill out your info and let us know when you'd like us to collect the book. We'll pick it up from your address. Yes, it's that simple.

Q. How many books can I order at a time?

One book at a time.

Q. So I absolutely have to return the book I have before you'll send me another one?

Yes. But you can still order another book without having to return the current one. We'll put your order in the pipeline. And the next time we come over to collect the current book, we'll bring along your next order as well.

Q. How long do I get to keep a book?

The technical limit is 21 days. But you can keep a book as long as you want by renewing it (through the Members area on our website). Renewing a book will reset its loan period which means you'll get to keep it for 21 days starting from the time of your renewal request. Keep in mind that we won't be able to send you any other books until you return the one you have.

Q. What happens when the return date of a book rolls around? What if I haven't renewed the book or submitted a collection request for its return?

We'll send you a reminder (via email and SMS) 3 days before a book is due to be returned. You can then decide to renew the book if you haven't finished reading it. Or you can do nothing in which case we'll collect the book from your address on the return date.

Q. What if I never return a book?

We'll reach out to you. If you have a valid reason for why you weren't able to return the book before or on its return date, there'll be a short grace period during which you may return the book. If you still fail to return it, we'll assume you're just not a very nice person and cancel your membership.

We'll keep adding more questions to this page as we figure out which things we aren't communicating clearly. If you have any questions that are not answered here or in The Rules, please feel free to send an email to