Books For Africa collects, sorts, and ships books, computers, tablets, and library enhancement materials to every country in Africa in collaboration with worldwide donors, publishers, and African partners.

Books For Africa remains the largest shipper of donated text and library books to the African continent, shipping over 51 million books to all 55 countries on the African continent since 1988.  Last year alone, Books For Africa shipped 3.7 million books, valued at over $38 million, and 167 computers and e-readers containing nearly 300,000 digital books, to 20 African countries. More than $3.2 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 Ships Kofi Annan's Personal Library from Geneva to Ghana

Books For Africa recently helped ship books from former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan’s personal library from his residence in Geneva to his boyhood school in Ghana. Read more about the details of this unique project here!

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Books For Africa Discusses Book Projects With Members of the African Diplomatic Corps in Washington, DC

Books For Africa Executive Director Patrick Plonski was in Washington, DC, last week visiting with ambassadors and diplomatic staff from several African nations and the African Union. Check out the pictures and summary!

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Books For Africa Conducts Site Visits in Nigeria

Books For Africa Board President-Elect Mike Essien was recently in Nigeria visiting several sites of BFA past and potential future book recipients. Check out the videos!

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Books For Africa Executive Director Interviewed by “Giving Connected” Podcast

Books For Africa Executive Director Patrick Plonski, PhD, was interviewed by the “Giving Connected” podcast to speak about Books For Africa’s model, history, and recent strategy weathering the pandemic.

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Books For Africa Partnership with Elsevier and Merck Ships Container of Medical Books to Ethiopia

Books For Africa maintains a strategic partnership with Merck & Co, which enabled us to ship out a container of Elsevier medical books and Merck Medical Manuals to partners in Ethiopia this past week.

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