Books delivered to students and teachers in Africa

UK Registered Charity No 1152599

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 (approx 30 books)
  • 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 with a cash donation of any amount

What happens after you donate items?

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Thanks to all our donors including

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