Collect books, raise money and make an impact in 4 easy steps

New and used books
Textbooks and novels
Children's books
Journals and encyclopedias
All subjects
All academic levels
All editions

Newspapers and magazines
Brochures and notes
Illegible materials
New and used
In working condition
Computers and Laptops
Tablets and mobile phones
Flat screen TVs

Home appliances
Badly damaged equipment
DVDs and Games
New and used
In working condition
With casing
Games and consoles
Audio books

VHS and Audio Cassettes
Audio CDs
Offensive materials
Toys and Sports Gear
New and used
In good or reusable condition
Football kit
Gloves and shinpads
Football boots
Toys and board games

Bulky equipment
Badly damaged equipment
New and used
In good or usable condition
Second pair present
Trainers and sports shoes
Smart and work shoes
Any gender shoes
Football boots

Bulky equipment
Badly damaged equipment
1. Choose a drop-off point

Before asking people to donate their books and other items, think about where you want them to take their donated items to. Chose a drop-off point within your school or work premises. Make sure it is a secure and accessible location and that you have permission to use it. Assess the location to eliminate any water, fire or trip hazards. Decide whether donated items would be dropped-off on a table, floor or in a container such as a cardboard box. Use our Donate Books Here poster to clearly mark the drop-off point. Decide your opening and closing time for receiving donated items and begin spreading the word.

2. Spread the word

Start spreading the word about your Book Drive. We have put together some excellent resources that can be downloaded below to help you with vital information as you approach potential donors. You can also download the posters and flyers below and use them as required. Sending out an email to your colleagues or departmental mailing list can be a good way to get an instant response. Of course, you can always use Social Media and use the #Books2Africa so we can share your campaign. Do not forget to ask for financial donations too to cover the cost of transporting donated items to our warehouse in Kent.

3. Set a fundraising goal

You need to ask book donors to also donate funds to help with shipping their donated items. In our experience, most people understand that transporting heavy items such as books can be expensive and are more than happy to contribute funds too. To help you set a fundraising goal, think about how many books you expect to receive. A box of books weighing 20kg max will cost £7 to transport to our warehouse. You can use a donation bucket or create an online fundraising page on JustGiving or Facebook. The money you raise will be used to send a courier to collect the donated items from your address.

4. Arrange a collection

Well done! You've done an amazing job and it's now time to send us your items. First, package all donated items into cardboard boxes. Each box can weigh upto 20kg max. Use any strong/sturdy cardboard box and secure each box with tape. You can also buy boxes online if required. Package fragile items such as computers securely using bubble wrap or other stuffings and attach this e-label to any box containing an electrical item. Finally, contact us to book a collection from your address. You receive a Certificate of Thanks and any surplus funds is donated to the charity and go towards shipping to Africa. Thanks.

Download Resources

Books2Africa Case For Support
Take Action Brochure
Donate Books Poster
Donate Books Flyer
Fundraising Poster


You can send us the money you raise by making a card payment online, by bank transfer or cheque.
Contact us for details. Thank you