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 40 million books to 53 different countries since 1988.  Over the past 12 months we have shipped three million books, 93 computers and e-readers containing 223,000 digital books, as well as 10 new law and human rights libraries to 18 African countries. More than $2.5 million was raised last year to ship the 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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For 30 years, Books For Africa gets Minnesota books to the neediest in the world

It was 30 years ago that Minnesota-based world traveler Tom Warth, shocked by what he called a book famine in Africa, shipped several mailbags of used books out of a church basement to libraries and schools there. That modest gesture grew into St. Paul-based Books For Africa, one of the state’s best-known international charities that has become the world’s largest supplier of donated books to…

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Momentous Month Sees 40 Millionth Book Shipped, 52 Countries Served

In an unprecedented month of activity, Books For Africa has reached two major milestones! First, the 40 millionth book donated to Africa left our Atlanta Warehouse. Then, in quick succession, we saw our first ever containers depart to Mauritius, Seychelles, and Libya, bringing us ever closer to our goal of serving every country in Africa! In pursuit of our mission to end the book famine in Africa…

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Books For Africa 2017 Recipient Feedback Survey

2017 marks year two of Books For Africa's enhanced post-shipment survey. This survey collects direct feedback from BFA recipients, allowing our team to assess where we have been most successful, and where there is room for improvement. Last year's report brought great feedback and information, and we are proud to have 100% of respondents agree that the books received are relevant to their…

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Little Free Library Delivered to Historic Alexandria Library in Egypt as Part of Books For Africa Initiative

A piece of Midwestern literary culture now resides in one of the world’s oldest libraries in Alexandria, Egypt, thanks to a joint effort by nonprofits Books For Africa, Little Free Library, Minnesota Friends of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and the Minnesota Book Awards program.

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New Library in Wekin, Ethiopia Has Minnesota Roots

Minnesotans Wyn and Sunny Ray share a deep connection with Ethiopia; in 2008, they began working with the remote village of Wekin, Ethiopia. An immediate area of concern for the village was the school “library,” which contained only about 50 English books - in 2013, the Wekin Book Project was born to help put high-quality books and learning materials in the hands of the students and local…

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