The need for our work
Across Africa, millions of people are unable to fulfil their potential because of a basic lack of books and reading resources.
Literacy and access to information have been shown to reduce poverty, providing opportunities for work, increasing household income, even improving the health of children. A child born to a mother who can read is 50% more likely to survive past the age of five.
We understand the pleasure and opportunities that reading can bring and we believe everyone should have the opportunity to read. Through reading, people can change their own lives for the better and shape their own futures.
What we do
In places where books are scarce libraries are often the best places for people to discover the joy of reading. By supporting libraries we can provide access to books for millions of people each year.
We supply brand new books, donated by publishers, to public, community and school libraries across Africa. By partnering with national library services, government departments and NGOs we are able to send up to one million brand new, carefully selected books to Africa each year.
With training and skills development librarians can transform their libraries into the heart of their communities. We provide training to develop the skills of librarians for years to come.
The role of publishers
Our work would not be possible without the generous support of the UK publishing and book trade sector. Over 90% of the books we send to our partners are donated by publishers and we work closely with our partners to understand their needs so that we can ensure the books we send are relevant and useful.
We have built up strong and dynamic partnerships with library services, NGOs and government departments across our countries of operation. Our partners are best placed to understand the needs of the communities they serve and we work closely with them to ensure the books we send meet their needs. By working with library services and organisations in-country we can support projects that strengthen the library sector and develop skills for the future. Find out more.