Donate Books

Books For Africa appreciates all book donations. It costs 50 cents to ship each book to Africa. Consider making a financial donation to cover the costs of shipping the books you donate. Please send financial donations separately in an envelope to the BFA office: Books For Africa, 26 East Exchange Street, Suite 411, St. Paul, MN 55101, USA. Or make a donation online.

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Each book delivered opens doors for an African learner.

Send Books By Mail

If mailing books, please send book donations to:

Books For Africa Warehouse - Atlanta
3655 Atlanta Industrial Drive, Bldg. 250, Atlanta, GA 30331
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Please do not mail books to the St. Paul Warehouse.

Drop Off Books

Books can be dropped off at both our St. Paul and Atlanta locations:

Books For Africa Warehouse - St. Paul
635 Prior Ave. N, Suite 100, St. Paul, MN 55104
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Hours

Every Wednesday 
9:30a.m.–3:00p.m.

The 1st and 3rd Saturdays of every month from
9:00a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Books For Africa Warehouse - Atlanta
3655 Atlanta Industrial Drive, Bldg. 250, Atlanta, GA 30331
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Hours

Monday to Friday
9:30a.m.–3:00p.m.

Every Saturday from
9:00a.m.–12:00 p.m.

*Two pallets or more or truck deliveries please call to schedule a dock appointment in St. Paul at (651) 251-8896. After dropping off or mailing in your books, please send an email to bfa@booksforafrica.org with your full name, address, and the number of boxes or number of books you donated. We will email you a thank you letter for your records.

Book Donation Requirements

Books For Africa accepts:

  • popular fiction and nonfiction reading books (soft and hard cover).
  • books that are 15 years old or newer.
  • primary, secondary, and college textbooks (soft and hard cover) with a 2000 or newer publish date.
  • reference books such as encyclopedias and dictionaries published in 2005 or later .
  • medical, nursing, IT, and law books with a 2000 or newer publish date.
  • some Bibles or religious books, please place them in a box separate from other donations and mark the box as “Religious texts.” Bibles are sent only when requested by African recipients.
  • School/office supplies—paper, pencils, pens, wall charts, maps, etc.

Acceptable books are gently used and relevant to an African reader.

If you mail books, please do not send boxes that weight more than 50 pounds and do not include any non-recyclable packing materials such as plastic bubble wrap or peanuts. Books For Africa cannot allocate funds for the mailing or shipping of book donations to our warehouses. This helps us keep our operating costs lower so that we can ship more and more books to students who need them.

Running a book drive?

We encourage Book Drive Captains to also collect money to help get book donations to the Books For Africa warehouse. Please contact bfa@booksforafrica.org for our Book Drive Media Kit to help with your book drive!

Books For Africa does NOT accept:

  • Magazines or journals of any kind, including academic journals.
  • Home decorating or wedding books.
  • Cookbooks.
  • Ethnocentric books, such as the biography of Abraham Lincoln or the history of Ohio.
  • Foreign language books except for French books. French novels and dictionaries are welcome.
  • American history or civics.
  • Music books for K–12.
  • Murder mysteries or anything with “kill,” “die,” “murder,” etc. in the title.
View law book donation requirements

If You Are a Publisher

IRS special tax incentive rule known as section 170(e)(3) allows manufacturers and distributors to make donations of equipment and/or inventory to nonprofit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations at a considerable tax advantage. Gifts can usually be deducted at cost plus one-half the difference between the cost (basis) and the fair market value (FMV). Deductions are limited to 10% of the company’s taxable income each year; excess donations may be carried forward.

Looking for other ways to donate?

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