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

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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 The books, which were withdrawn from the University Library Instructional Resources Service, otherwise likely would have ended up in a landfill.

“The demand in Africa is high, especially for higher education instruction,” said Tom Warth, the founder of BFA. “They want English language books because they are all learning in English. They particularly want college-level books because they are so expensive. The books Stout gives us are just invaluable.”

The rental books also tend to be in better shape than those privately owned, allowing for more usage, Warth added.

Because there is such a demand for college-level books, they likely will be in Africa within the next six months, Warth said.

Mike Essien, assistant professor in the department of business and president-elect of Books for Africa, said he has volunteered with the group since 1994.