Books For Africa

A simple name for an organization with a simple mission. We collect, sort, ship, and distribute books to students of all ages in Africa. Our goal: to end the book famine in Africa.

Books For Africa remains the largest shipper of donated text and library books to the African continent, shipping over 41 million books to all 55 countries on the African continent since 1988.  In fiscal year 2018 alone, Books For Africa shipped 2.3 million books, and 123 computers and e-readers containing 283,000 digital books, to 29 African countries. More than $2.2 million was raised last year to ship these books to the students of Africa.

To learn more about groups currently fundraising to ship books to specific African countries, view the Projects page.

To learn more about the Jack Mason Law & Democracy Initiative, Agricultural Libraries, or French Books view the Special Initiatives page

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Books For Africa is a simple idea, but its impact is trans­formative. For us, literacy is quite simply the bridge from misery to hope.

Kofi Annan, former U.N. Secretary-General

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Books For Africa 30th Anniversary Gala

Books For Africa held its 30th Anniversary Gala on Friday, September 28th, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The celebration, attended by 500 BFA supporters and VIPs from around the world, was the highlight of a busy and successful day of events!

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African Union Announces Books For Africa Partnership

Books For Africa is excited to announce an ongoing partnership with the African Union that will deliver tens of thousands of books to the AU Library in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia! The agreement, announced Friday, September 28th at the Books For Africa 30th Anniversary Gala, will deliver an initial shipment of 22,000 books on mathematics, science, law, health and other subjects, to coincide with the…

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African ambassadors will meet with Minnesota commercial officials

African diplomats will talk business Friday with Minnesota business-and-trade officials at a private luncheon at the University Club of Saint Paul in connection with the 30th anniversary of St. Paul-based Books For Africa. That evening at the Nicollet Island Pavilion, Arikana Chihombori-Quao, ambassador of the Embassy of the African Union, will address the anniversary gala to celebrate past…

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Books For Africa Remembers Kofi Annan

The Books For Africa family joins the world in mourning the unexpected and untimely passing of former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan on August 18th, 2018. BFA has been fortunate to benefit from a long and supportive relationship with Kofi Annan. He first heard of our work almost 20 years ago, and has been Co-Chair of BFA's Law & Democracy Initiative since its founding in 2008..

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Music brings together Minnesota Orchestra musicians, South African students

It may have been Saturday morning, but hundreds of students, teachers and parents crammed into the Eurocon Primary School in Elsies River — just outside Cape Town, South Africa — to welcome members of the Minnesota Orchestra. The orchestra's two-week tour is taking the musicians to a total of five cities before its done. On Friday night, the players performed to a packed house at Cape Town City…

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