Books For Africa

We are the world’s largest shipper of books to Africa. We supply books and educational materials based on what is needed. This includes textbooks, library books, law libraries, and agricultural books in English and French, e-readers and computers.

Children and adults in Africa are hungry to read, hungry to learn. Yet a severe book “famine” often stands in their way. Books For Africa aims to end that famine.

Books for Africa child holding bookSince its founding in 1988, Books For Africa has shipped more than 27 million textbooks and library books to 48 African countries. In 2011 alone, we shipped more than 2.2 million books to 22 African countries valued at over $22 million. Books For Africa will ship to any location in Africa where a sponsor is ready to receive and distribute books.

For ten-year-old Ebrima, a Primary 4 student in The Gambia, books transformed his educational experience. Since Ebrima’s school in Banjul—Banjulinding Lower Basic—received a shipment of books from GambiaHELP in partnership with Books For Africa, his test scores have improved.  His teachers report the books motivated Ebrima to focus on his reading.  They said that since their arrival, books have “become his close friends.”

“Books For Africa is a simple idea, but its impact is transformative,” says Kofi Annan, former U.N. Secretary-General. “For us, literacy is quite simply the bridge from misery to hope.”

Contact Information

Books for Africa
26 East Exchange Street
Suite 411
St. Paul, MN 55101
T: (651) 602-9844
F: (651) 602-9848

Financial Information

Books for Africa is classified as a 501(c)(3) organization. Click below to view our most recent independent audit and IRS Form 990.

Banner photo: Students in Africa working to improve their lives with support from Books For Africa.
Photo: Books change the lives of children in Sub Saharan Africa.

Donate Now to Books For Africa


Our partners throughout Africa are waiting for books. Your donation will help us to end the book famine. Your donation will provide:

  • $75  One new atlas or 200 student dictionaries
  • $100  200 books for two classrooms
  • $200  One new encyclopedia set and a new world atlas to a school or library
  • $500  Books for one rural school

Volunteer Opportunities

Join us at our St. Paul, Minnesota, and Atlanta, Georgia warehouses! Volunteers sort and pack books. No heavy lifting is involved. Must be at least 12 years old.


Issue Areas

To donate to this member charity by check, please print our designation form and mail it with your check to

Aid for Africa
P.O. Box 8734
Topeka, KS 66608

Other Ways to Give

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