Can I request books?

The books we provide are donated to libraries in each country by our local distribution partners. These may be national library services, local NGOs, or distribution committees. To request books, please contact the relevant partner organisation in your country, listed below.

Before applying for books, please check that your organisation meets the following minimum criteria for book donations:

Your organisation must:

  • Be in one of our current countries of operation 
  • be a not-for-profit and/or state/publicly-funded organisation in one of the following sectors: public and community libraries; schools; training colleges; prisons; NGOs; higher education or medical institutions
  • have a functioning library or an accessible area for the books, and an appropriately trained person responsible for them
  • be able to collect the books from the distribution partner, and pay a small fee towards their costs
  • be able to provide detailed feedback reports to the distribution partner

If your organisation meets the above criteria, please contact the distribution partner with the following information:

  • full contact details for the organisation, including email, telephone and postal address.
  • which type of books you require (for example: primary, secondary, vocational, undergraduate, medical, etc.)
  • your organisation’s objectives, programmes and/or projects and target groups.
  • details of any libraries or resource centres nearby.

Distribution partners’ contact details


Education Information Services International (EISERVI)
Rue Cafeier, Biyem Assi Stade
PO Box 31528, Yaounde 13
Tel: (+237) 22317660
Email: info@eiservi.org or eiservinfo@gmail.com


Email Mr Gebrenegus Berhane Engda, Eritrean Ministry of Education


Requests for books for school, community and public libraries should be sent to:

The British Council in Ethiopia
Comoros Street
P O Box 1043
Addis Ababa.

You can also email your specific request to: Inku Fasil, Programme and Partnership Manager – Education, The British Council
T +251 (1)166 203 88 | Inku.Fasil@britishcouncil.org

Mesnanat Sahle, Programme Officer, The British Council in Ethiopia
T +251 (0) 116 620 388 | mesnanat.sahle@britishcouncil.org

Requests for books for Higher Education and Medical institutions should be directed to:

CODE Ethiopia
PO Box 9443
Addis Ababa

Or via one of the following email addresses:codeeted@ethionet.etcode.et@ethionet.et;codeethiopia2010.11@gmail.com


Mrs Betty Kalugho, at Kenya National Library Service
Email Mrs Betty Kalugho


Ms Joyce Ntchafu at Malawi National Library Service
Email Ms Joyce Ntchafu


Occupied Palestinian Territories
All requests should be directed by email to Mr Imad Kashou at the British Council in Jerusalem.


Sierra Leone
Contact Mr Sallieu Touray at Sierra Leone Library Board.


Somalia (Puntland), Somaliland and South Sudan
Book Aid International works in partnership with the Africa Educational Trust in these countries, supplying books to their network of  school libraries and resource centres.  We regret that we are not currently in a position to consider any further partnerships or requests for books in these countries.


Mainland Tanzania: All requests from organisations operating in mainland Tanzania should be directed to the Tanzania Library Services Board by email to Dr Alli Mcharazo.

Pemba: Requests from organisations operating in Pemba should be emailed to Abdulla Omar Masoud at the Pemba Public Library.
Alternative email address for Abdulla Omar Masoud.

Zanzibar: Requests from organisations operating in Zanzibar should be emailed to Sichana Haji Foum at the Zanzibar Library Service.


Educational institutions including schools, teacher resource centres and teacher training colleges should contact Harriet Ntege, Acting University Librarian at Kyambogo University Library.

Other requests should be directed to the National Library of Uganda by email.


Requests for books should be directed to Mr Robertson Bwato, Chief Librarian,  Zambia Library Service, PO Box 30802, Lusaka. Email Mr Bwato. Please copy your email request to  Ms Sharon Munshya, ZLS Senior Librarian.


Harare: All requests from organisations that are geographically closest to Harare should be directed by email to Ms Yeukai Chimuka at the Harare Distribution Committee.

Bulawayo: Requests from organisations that are geographically closest to Bulawayo should be directed by email to Ms Letshani Ndlovu of the Bulawayo Book Distribution Committee.

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