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The books we need

We work closely with our library partners in sub-Saharan Africa to select and send the books that their readers need.

Our partners need books in the following categories:

Children’s and primary

Early learning/preschool, picture books, graded readers, easy-read fiction and reference.

Secondary and teenage

Textbooks and revision guides in all subjects; teenage fiction and leisure reading

Vocational and technical

Manual skills (building, plumbing, carpentry, metalwork, electronics, engineering, motor vehicle mechanics); beauty and hairdressing; textiles and tailoring; tourism and catering; computing and office skills.

Professional

Business studies, accounting, management and marketing.

Teacher training

Education studies, special needs and early years.

Higher education

MUST BE PUBLISHED WITHIN THE LAST 10 YEARS

Undergraduate textbooks in all subjects but especially pure and applied science, agriculture, technology and engineering. Also peace & conflict and development studies.

Medicine, health and social care

MUST BE PUBLISHED WITHIN THE LAST 10 YEARS

Community and public health (first aid, maternal health, child care, nutrition); HIV/AIDS; nursing, midwifery, paediatrics; tropical medicine and infectious diseases; anatomy and physiology; disability and rehabilitation; all medical and surgical specialities.

Law

MUST BE PUBLISHED WITHIN THE LAST 10 YEARS.

All law and legal studies.

General trade fiction and non-fiction (leisure reading)

Popular and commercial fiction; arts, crafts, hobbies, cookery, sport, travel, biographies, music, popular science and history, religion, entrepreneurship, motivational.

Reference

Dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopaedias, atlases, yearbooks.

African interest

African history and development, books by African writers, books in certain African languages, for all ages and reading levels.

In 2016, in addition to our usual book provision, we are running programmes to support school libraries and Children’s Corners in public libraries. To support these programmes, we will need even more books that children will love to read for pleasure, in particular:

  • story books for children up to the age of 12

  • early child development materials (pre-school)

  • non-fiction leisure reading for children including biographies, sport, adventures and expeditions, animals, dinosaurs, natural history

  • dictionaries and encyclopaedias.

Find out more about our Inspiring Readers school libraries programme here and our Open Doors Children’s Corners programme here.

We accept overstocks, mixed pallets of returns and unwanted office copies in both hardback and paperback.

If you can help or for further information, please contact Simon Mercer or call 020 7733 3577.

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