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 57 million books to all 55 countries on the African continent since 1988.  Last year alone, Books For Africa shipped 3.2 million books, valued at over $26.7 million, and 355 computers and e-readers containing over 1,065,000 digital books, to 27 African countries. More than $2.3 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 Girls Empowerment Collections, BFA Publishing, 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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MLK Day of Service Volunteers Show Up in Force

Books For Africa has a long tradition of hosting large volunteer groups on MLK Day, and this year local media in Georgia turned out to hear more from BFA staff and the nearly 100 volunteers that joined us for this important day of service.

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Atlanta Teens' Books For Africa Project Attracts Media Attention

Despite their youth, a team of teenagers in Atlanta sent tens of thousands of books to students in Africa through their foundation Child2Child Book Foundation. Hear more about their story!

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Books For Africa worked with high-level partners such as Elsevier and the International Fund for Agricultural Development to build specialized agricultural libraries for farmers and smallholders on the continent. Learn more about these curated collections!

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Africa now has the promise of a seat at the global table

President Joe Biden's announcement Dec. 15 that he will support membership of the 55-nation African Union in the Group of 20 nations (G-20) is a crucial step forward for the nations and people of Africa, as well as for the African diaspora in America and around the world. Learn more in this op-ed article from the Minneapolis Star Tribune authored by BFA Board President Mike Essien and…

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Minneapolis man has helped send 1 million books to The Gambia, his home country

Last year, 10 years after its start, Lamin Dibba's 1 Million Books for the Gambia project celebrated having shipped literally 1 million books, ranging from children's books to college texts, to the tiny African country of 2.5 million. Learn more in this feature article from the Minneapolis Star Tribune!

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