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 stands with our global community raising their voices in peaceful protest by the millions, taking to the streets in response to the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota and the ongoing problem of unequal justice.  The persistent racial inequalities in our society and the social disruption over the past several days is of concern to all of us.  We implore local, state, and national governments to do everything they can to address the persistent racial injustices that have led to the great anger and frustration of so many people. 

Books For Africa is an organization guided by community need and contribution.  We share in the global grief and pledge to continue to do our part by helping to educate the future African leaders who will help bring justice and equality in a communal way forward as we seek to address global disparities. ​

In the Covid-19 pandemic, we remain more committed than ever to ensuring that African professionals and learners have the books they need to continue reading and learning. Our warehouse remains open and is still taking book donations, and our administrative staff continues to work remotely. With protective equipment and social distancing measures, we continue to work with volunteers and partners towards our mission of ending the book famine in Africa.

Books For Africa remains the largest shipper of donated text and library books to the African continent, shipping over 48 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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Remembering Vivian Mason with a Law Library for Ghana

Books For Africa lost a dear friend on June 18th when Vivian Mason passed away. Vivian helped create the law book program for BFA, which was launched in 2008. BFA is planning to ship a law library to Ghana later this year in Vivian's memory.

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BFA Remembers Former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mpaka

Former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mpaka passed away on Friday, July 24. Not only was President Mpaka a one-time ambassador to the U.S. and a two-term leader from 1995 to 2005, he was also a friend and supporter of Books For Africa. Read more about President Mpaka's support and BFA's plans to honor his memory.

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Former BFA Board Member Profiled by Star Tribune

Longtime BFA donor, supporter, and former board member Henry Bromelkamp was featured in a recent story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, about his philanthropic work and recovery from a recent traumatic brain injury.

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A Record Year for BFA in FY 2020

BFA is pleased to report another record year in fiscal year 2020! Over the 12-month period, we achieved our highest ever numbers for books shipped to Africa. Check out the summary!

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African Development University Enhances Library with Shipment from BFA

We recently got good news from African Development University, who used a container of books to make their library collections one of the top well-stocked libraries in Niger!

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