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Libraries within 13 Countries


books shipped



Our Mission: The African Library Project changes lives book by book, together with partners in Africa and North American volunteers, to create, improve, and sustain libraries in African communities.

Our Vision: expand opportunities by creating spaces that nurture literacy.


1000 books + 500 Dollars = One Library
African Girl Reading Book In Library

Why Organize a Book Drive with the African Library Project?

• Too many African children grow up without books, while U.S. bookshelves and landfills overflow with books no longer read.

• In many of the communities we serve, young people have little to no access to reading materials beyond textbooks (when provided).

• We serve Anglophone countries where students are tested in English for standardized exams that are required for advancement. However, these students lack books to support their reading development.

• Reading fosters critical thinking skills and creativity.

• Teachers in many rural areas may teach reading, writing, math and English without a single book to use as a resource.

 Our Approach

 Our volunteers in the United States and Canada organize book drives by rallying their communities to collect gently used children’s books and raise funds for shipping. Thanks to our international network of partners, volunteers, and community supporters, these donated books are transformed into sustainable community-based libraries. Here’s how we do it!

Holding Hands for partnership


1. Partner

We partner with local organizations in Africa to find and vet schools and communities in need of books.

Shipping Box


2. Mobilize

We mobilize volunteers and match each U.S. or Canadian book drive to an approved African school or community.

African Library Book Shelf


3. Sustain

Working with our partners, we ship and distribute each library to the recipient school and provide support and training for sustainability.

Seal of transparency 2019 Gold
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Great Non Profits 2017 Top-Rated
Great Non Profits 2016 Top-Rated
Great Non Profits 2015 Top-Rated
Great Non Profits 2014 Top-Rated
Great Non Profits 2013 Top-Rated

Our Blog

2022 Book Drive Organizer Highlight and Testimonial

2022 Book Drive Organizer Highlight and Testimonial

Working with our family and friends for the African Library Project was incredibly rewarding and gave us a reason to be proud of our community. Our neighbors, family, and friends made it very easy to meet our goal and collect books to donate. Their willingness to give...

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ALP at Project Giving Kids’ Create the Change 2022

ALP at Project Giving Kids’ Create the Change 2022

On Sunday, November 13 in Palo Alto, myself (Carolyn Gannon, Malawi Country Liaison), Pamela Bostlemann (Ghana Country Liaison & Container Manager), and Chris Bradshaw (ALP Founder & Uganda Country Liaison) attended Project Giving Kids' Create the Change 2022...

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2022 Compassion in Action Award – Harambee! 2022

2022 Compassion in Action Award – Harambee! 2022

On Saturday, October 22, 2022, the US-based NGO African Library Project awarded its highest honor, the 2022 Compassion in Action Awards to Claire Hubel and Vaibhav Jayakumar. The announcement was made at the African Library Project’s Harambee! 2022, annual fundraiser...

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