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 53 million books to all 55 countries on the African continent since 1988.  Last year alone, Books For Africa shipped 3.1 million books, valued at over $26.2 million, and 224 computers and e-readers containing over 885,000 digital books, to 28 African countries. More than $3.1 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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Students in California Collect Over 3,100 Books For African Recipients

The KnowledgeSeed Foundation, a high school student organization based in California, set out a goal in 2021 to collect 1,600 books that they would ship to the BFA warehouse in Marietta, GA, for donation to stock the shelves of African schools and libraries. They not only met their goal, but exceeded it, with over 3,100 books donated so far.

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Books For Africa Ships 130,000 Books January 3-5 From Atlanta to Students in Somalia and Somaliland

Books For Africa, a nonprofit with its main warehouse in Atlanta and offices in St. Paul, Minnesota, is shipping over 130,000 books to schools and libraries in Somalia and Somaliland.

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Stout Library Donates More Than 12,500 Books to Books For Africa Program

University of Wisconsin-Stout donated more than 12,500 textbooks recently to Books for Africa. The books, which were withdrawn from the University Library Instructional Resources Service, otherwise likely would have ended up in a landfill.

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Books For Africa Partners with 9Miles Project to Support At-risk Youth in South Africa

In South Africa, lockdowns were hard on at-risk children, leaving them at home with no stimulation or learning opportunities.  Books For Africa was able to support the work of nonprofit 9Miles by providing books and computers for this vulnerable population on South Africa’s west coast.

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Young Ivoirian Woman Gives Back with a Library for her Town

Korotoumou Katy Ballo was born and raised in Côte d’Ivoire. After moving to New York City, she wanted to give back to the town where she grew up by creating a library.

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