Books For Africa is a 501(c )(3) nonprofit organization serving as the largest shipper of donated text and library books to the African continent. Books For Africa has received the highest rating from Charity Navigator.


Our sea containers hold approximately 22,000 books per 40-foot container and cost approximately $10,300 on average to ship, which is about 50 cents per book.

In 2012, we shipped 2.2 million books valued at $28.3 million to 22 African countries, with an additional 616 computers and 15 brand new law libraries.

For a list of Books For Africa contributors, please view our annual reports .

View the latest Books For Africa IRS form 990 .

View the latest Books For Africa Financial Statements and Independent Auditor's Report .

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In Kenya, we were in a small village and the students had a wonderful school. They were eager to learn. They had motivated teachers, but they didn’t have any books in the school. They had no library. And so, imagine how proud I was to open up this box of shiny new encyclopedias and dictionaries from Books For Africa. They want more of your books. They can’t wait. They can’t get enough of these books.

U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison (MN)
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