Book Aid International

Books Change Lives

Book Aid International increases access to books and supports literacy, education and development in sub-Saharan Africa. We provided over half a million new books to over 2,000 libraries last year alone and have sent more than 30 million books to partner libraries since 1954.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 28 November 2017 to 12:00 PM, 5 December 2017

Registered Charity in England and Wales (313869)

Check mark Match funded




  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief



  • "These books have brought hope to a generation of people who thought their dream of a right to an education had been lost."

    — Douglas Siatimba, Librarian, Victoria Falls Public Library, Zimbabwe

  • “In the past kids were reading for examinations, but nowadays they are reading for knowledge, and for fun, so things are changing for good”

    — Lusekelo Lucas Mwalughelo, Librarian, Tanzania


An estimated 153 million adults in sub-Saharan Africa lack basic literacy and numeracy skills, two-thirds of whom are women, and millions of children remain out of school. When people cannot read or write, when they lack the skills and abilities that a good quality education offers, they are condemned to a life of poverty, ill-health and social exclusion. Across the world, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty if all children left school with basic reading skills. UNESCO, 2010


Book Aid International increases the access to books and improves library facilities. Each year we send over half a million carefully selected, high quality books to our main in-country partners across sub-Saharan Africa to be distributed to public and community libraries, schools, prisons, refugee camps and NGO resource centres. We also train staff, fund purchase of locally published books, and support library refurbishment and infrastructure.