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 remains the largest shipper of donated text and library books to the African continent, shipping over 42 million books to all 55 countries on the African continent since 1988.  In fiscal year 2018 alone, Books For Africa shipped 2.3 million books, and 123 computers and e-readers containing 283,000 digital books, to 29 African countries. More than $2.2 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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The Latest

Global Effort Sends Books To Lumwana, Zambia

A Books For Africa shipment of 22,000 books, which left our Warehouse in August, was recently received in Zambia! Container captain Martyn Howie led a successful fundraising effort from his home in Lumwana, Zambia, building support from around the globe for the Lumwana Book Project.

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Books For Africa 2018 Recipient Feedback Survey

In 2016 Books For Africa implemented an enhanced post-shipment survey to improve the monitoring and evaluation process for container projects. The 2018 survey, compiled by BFA Project Manager Erin Yates, includes feedback from 43 recipients from 25 countries across the African continent.

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Uganda Project Serves Rural Schools, Orphanages

A container of 22,000 BFA books recently arrived in Uganda, where it was received by local NGO Bega kwa Bega (Shoulder to Shoulder)! Bega kwa Bega works to help the more than 2.5 million orphans in Uganda find roads to success, and education is an important part of their work.

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Books For Africa 30th Anniversary Gala

Books For Africa held its 30th Anniversary Gala on Friday, September 28th, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The celebration, attended by 500 BFA supporters and VIPs from around the world, was the highlight of a busy and successful day of events!

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African Union Announces Books For Africa Partnership

Books For Africa is excited to announce an ongoing partnership with the African Union that will deliver tens of thousands of books to the AU Library in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia! The agreement, announced Friday, September 28th at the Books For Africa 30th Anniversary Gala, will deliver an initial shipment of 22,000 books on mathematics, science, law, health and other subjects, to coincide with the…

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