How to Donate Books for Africa

Books for Africa, established in 1988, aims to end African book famine by promoting literacy and empowerment to educators, parents and administrators. The organisation depends on book and school supply donations from schools, associations and individuals. Volunteers sort and ship donations to several countries on the continent. Donations go directly to adults and children in need. Many Africans may never own books of their own, states BFA, and the group aims to give them hope.

Gather fiction and nonfiction books, textbooks and reference books published after 1995 and Bibles and school supplies. Do not donate magazines, cookbooks, foreign language books except for those in French, U.S. history or geography books or elementary music books.

Consider making a monetary donation of 50 cents per book to cover shipping. Keep your mailed donations to less than 22.7 Kilogram and without packing materials.

Mail donations to:

Books For Africa Warehouse-Atlanta 2971 Olympic Industrial Drive SE, Suite C Smyrna, GA 30080

Drop books off at the Atlanta location Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Drop off St. Paul, Minnesota, donations at the St. Paul warehouse (715 Minnehaha Ave East) Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Donate to a fundraising group for a single shipment.The Books for Africa website includes current projects and groups looking to donate.

Assist the organisation monetarily. Make a one-time or recurring tax-deductible donation to BFA by calling (651) 602-9844 or mailing a check to:

Books For Africa 253 E. 4th St., Suite 200 St. Paul, MN 55101

Donate in the name of a friend. Call the BFA office or mail a check to the St. Paul office. Donate in a monetary amount of your choosing or follow these BFA guidelines: $50 buys 100 books; $100 purchases 200 books, enough for two classrooms; $250 provides encyclopedias to a school or public library; and $500 purchases enough books for a small school.


Consider volunteering at the Atlanta or St. Paul warehouses. Groups of up to 80 and/or individuals may help at the Atlanta warehouse. Call (404) 603-8680 for more information. Groups of up to 20 may help at the St. Paul warehouse. Call (651) 251-8896 for more information.

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