Donate your books and educational resources in 3 easy steps

Step 1

Package your books and resources into cardboard boxes and go online to arrange a collection from your address or schedule a date to drop-off at our Processing Centre in Canterbury. Write your booking reference number on all your boxes.

Step 2

At our Processing Centre, our team check and scan your items into our database. We also label some of your books with an impact sticker showing your booking reference number before shipping them to a project or distribution office in Africa.

Step 3

When your books arrive in Africa, they are distributed to students and teachers in need. Students or teachers who receive any of your labelled items would send us a photo for you. We also publish detailed impact reports on our website.

Books We Accept

We accept new or used books, in English, French or any African language

  • Nursery, Primary, Secondary and University textbooks
  • Dictionaries, Encyclopaedias and Reference books
  • Novels, Hobbies and Leisure books
  • Bibles, Hymnals and Religious books
  • Notebooks and Exercise books (not written in)
  • Damaged or illegible books
  • Magazines, brochures, photocopied resources, lecture notes or pornography

Other Educational Resources We Accept


  • New or Used
  • Laptops and Desktops
  • Monitors and Accessories
  • Damaged beyond repair
  • CRT monitors

Mobile Devices

  • New or Used
  • Tablets and Smart Phones
  • eReaders
  • Remove iCloud account please
  • Non-smart devices


  • New or Used
  • HDMI or RGB
  • Projector Stands
  • Damaged beyond repair
  • CRT projectors


  • Movies and Documentaries
  • Software and Educational
  • Games
  • Damaged or without cover
  • Audio CDs and Cassettes


  • New or Used, with second pair
  • Trainers and casual shoes
  • Smart and sports shoes
  • Badly damaged shoes
  • No clothes please

Sports Gear

  • New or Used
  • Balls, Boots, Shin pads, Kit
  • Football, Basketball & Tennis
  • No clothes please! Kit only
  • Badly damaged items


  • New or Used
  • Backpacks and Rucksacks
  • Duffel bags and suitcases
  • Damaged beyond repair
  • Shopping bags

Toys and Games

  • Lego and educational toys
  • Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo
  • Accessories and games
  • Damaged or missing parts
  • Sharp objects

Package Your Items

  • Package your books and items into cardboard boxes
  • Use any strong cardboard box or Buy Online
  • Each box can weigh up to 20 kg Maximum
  • Remove your iCloud account from Apple products before donating
  • Secure each box with suffficient tape

Books2Africa is a UK registered charity (1152599) and a Microsoft Registered Refurbisher

Arrange a Collection

  • Our couriers can collect within 48 hours
  • From any address within the UK
  • Get a Tracking Reference after booking
  • £7 per 20kg box to cover courier costs
  • Free for Books2Africa Monthly Donors

Arrange to Drop-Off

  • Drop-off/deliver your items to us
  • 1 Drop-off location currently in Canterbury
  • Get a Tracking Reference after booking
  • Contact us if sending more than 30 boxes
  • Free

What happens after you donate items?

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Thanks to all our donors including

Coronavirus (Covid-19) updates

A quick update about what Books2Africa is doing in response to these uncertain times caused by the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our top priority is the health and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and supporters. Key to this is following government recommendations closely. Thankfully no suspected cases of COVID-19 have been reported amongst our staff and volunteers. Our Processing Centre in Canterbury is still operational and well stocked with the enough books and resources to ship to Africa.

Please read our updates below on steps taken to minimise the risk to staff, volunteers and supporters.

  • Public Book Collections Suspended: Effective today, we are suspending our collection service for book donations by members of the public in the UK. Although this will affect our book donation numbers, it would reduce the workload on our paid staff who continue to work during this difficult period to ensure the charity remains operational. This will be reviewed at the end of Easter on 14th April 2020.

  • Warehouse Volunteering Suspended: Effective today, we are suspending all volunteering work at the Processing Centre in Canterbury. This means all our UK and International Volunteers are no longer allowed to come into the Canterbury site. Although this will affect our processing and sorting capacity, it makes it easier for us to enforce government advise on social distancing and minimise the risk to paid staff who continue to work normal hours, ensuring our charity shop remains operational and shipments to Africa are dispatched. This will be reviewed at the end of Easter on 14th April 2020.

  • Online Volunteering: During this suspension of warehouse volunteering, we will be assigning all our volunteers to our Education Team to work on a variety of fundraising tasks online. To this end, all our International Volunteers are required to attend an online Skype meeting with our Director of Education on Wednesday 25th March at 9:30 am. UK volunteers who would like to join in can also email [email protected] to indicate their interest in order to receive further instructions on joining the meeting.


Finally a word of encouragement – Do not be afraid, stay safe and continue to have faith that this will soon pass. 
  • The strictest hygiene standards are being followed at our Processing Centre, with hand sanitisers, disinfectant sprays, plastic gloves and posters reminding staff, volunteers and supporters to wash their hands regularly and wipe their work surfaces.


  • No contact deliveries: Couriers delivering boxes to the Processing Centre will no longer require you to sign by hand on delivery. Rather, they are advised to enter your initials.


  • Drop-offs and tours suspended: From next week, drop-off appointments by members of the public will be suspended until further notice. Until then, staff and volunteers are advised to receive deliveries without contact and avoid giving members of the public tours of the Processing Centre.


We appreciate your understanding as the situation evolves and reassure you that we will take necessary steps to ensure your safety whilst trying to also fulfil our charitable objectives. If you need any support or advice, you can send us an email [email protected]

Thank you for your continued support and do subscribe to our coronavirus updates if you want to be remain updated.
Books2Africa UK Team

Shipping and delivering 1 million books every year
involves the following:

  • 20,000 books fit in 1 x 20ft container
  • 1,000,000 books fit in 50 x 20ft containers
  • 4 x 20ft containers shipped monthly
  • £5,000 to process, ship and clear each container of 20,000 books
  • £20,000 delivers 4 containers monthly
Fundraising Target
  • 2,000 individuals giving £10 or more monthly, or 50 corporate partners sponsoring 1 container per year. Thank you.


Processing in the UK


Freight from the UK


Clearing and haulage in Africa

Books2Africa is a UK registered charity number 1152599