Reading and an education opens the door to people's potential and future. Yet in sub-Saharan Africa one person in three can't read and one child in five still does not get to primary school. Book Aid International works in partnership with library's in Africa to create vibrant spaces that inspire readers and empower communities. The charity sends up to one million carefully selected books to library partners in Africa every year and provides training for librarians so that they can help people learn, further their education and shape their own futures.

Did you know...

Literacy, education and access to information represent a ladder out of poverty, and have a direct and measurable impact on improving people's life chances. Book Aid International is the UK's leading book donation and library development charity working in sub-Saharan Africa. The charity supports over 3,000 libraries in schools, universities, prisons, hospitals, refugee camps, urban slums and remote rural areas with brand new, carefully selected books.

What makes Book Aid International different

Book Aid International works in close partnership with African library services, building on their experience and developing the skills of their staff. The charity responds to the needs of the libraries and only sends new, recently published high-quality books, donated by UK publishers. Book Aid International has 60 years of experience of working with library partners in developing countries and has built up a responsive and dynamic network.

Find out how Book Aid International puts libraries at the heart of communities

Other ways to support

Whether it’s climbing to the top of Kilimanjaro or organising a local book sale, you can help change lives. A £2 is enough to send a book to Africa, a book that can help children or adults develop a lifelong love of reading and learning.

Helping Book Aid International could be one of the most amazing things you ever do. To find out more about how to get involved visit

Book Aid International


39-41 Coldharbour Lane


Contact Number

020 7733 3577