To address the book famine that exists in many underdeveloped countries and promote worldwide literacy by establishing libraries using generous donations, volunteers, donated books.
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Ways You Can Donate Books
Books We Need
We gratefully accept any & all book donations. Here is the list of our most needed books that we ship to developing nations.
For all age (preschool-teen)
Fiction & non-fiction
on CD-ROM (PC Format)
Especially "Where There is No
Doctor" type books
Books about ecology, nature
the environment, and animals
Including simplified classics
English readers & grammar,
and similar books
Textbooks or STEM-related books
for all grades (K-University)
Books about plumbing, carpentry,
electrical wiring, and more
"How To" Books
Various subjects including arts &
crafts, hobbies, cooking, etc.
Books about agriculture, animals, beekeeping, vegetable gardening,
We do not accept any other magazines or journals.
Book Donation Guidelines
In order to minimize our sorting efforts, please do your best to ensure all donated books meet the guidelines below:
Guidelines on Content/Condition
New & Gently-Used Books
Paperback or Hardcover
Wholesome & Family-Friendly
Fiction or Non-Fiction
Books We Do Not Need
Books in Bad Condition
Books with Inappropriate Content
Witchcraft or Black Magic Books
American Culture & History Books
Old & Outdated Non-Fiction Books
Inspire Minds With A Book Box!
Want a creative & impactful project?
Consider creating a Mobile Library Book Box to inspire communities across the world. A Book Box is a curated collection of books on a specific topic, from fascinating histories to health & medicine.
"Whenever a Book Box comes with those kinds of books - All that out kids can do is talk about becoming nurses & doctors"
When and where do I drop off book donations?Donations of gently-used books can be dropped off at sorting warehouse in Houston on Saturdays from 9am-Noon. Click here for directions.
What do you do with books that you can't send?For books that we can't send, we nonetheless make a real effort to find a “good home” for any wholesome books. To that end, we work with other local literacy groups, charter schools, jails, and Spanish speaking groups, to avoid ever throwing away books that we think can help to improve anyone’s life.
Do the people you provide books to speak and read English?Yes, English is widely, but not exclusively, spoken in the countries we work in. For example, in Uganda, while English is the official language, the constitution recognizes 56 tribes and nine indigenous communities.
Can I donate books that are not in English?Yes, we gladly accept book donations that are not in English. Books in native languages of various African & Spanish-speaking countries are highly valuable as they enable readers to engage with literature and educational resources in their own language.
Are there any specific criteria for the condition of the donated books?We appreciate book donations in good condition; free of excessive damage, minimal or no notes/markings, and intact pages.
Where can I get more information on book boxes?Please download our mobile library book box information sheet. This gives you all of the details needed to put together your own book box that can circulate to various districts throughout Africa.
What kind of books are you looking for?Generally, we are looking for any kind of wholesome books, both fiction and non-fiction. We routinely have difficulty finding enough books on Soccer, Philosophy, English Language, primary or secondary mathematics, so we especially appreciate those subjects. See our Printable Book List. We have a very limited need for Cookbooks, books on regional or local history, books regarding American culture, books regarding American politics or books focused on problems or issues unique to wealthy countries or people. Similarly, books on technical subjects that are very dated are not useful.
Do you accept magazines?The only magazines that we accept are National Geographic.