Donation and Shipment of Books
Be Thoughtful-Tips on Donating Used Books
If you are interested in donating books to countries overseas, there are several organizations that distribute books to other countries. Many of these organizations distribute books overseas at no cost to the donating person or library other than shipping costs to the U.S. facility.
Be aware however, that most organizations only accept new books or books in good condition-these are not places to "book dump" unwanted literature. Books that are outdated, damaged, and worthless are going to be just as useless abroad. Make sure that the information is going to be useful to the schools or people receiving them and that the information is in a language that they can read and understand. Finally, the materials must be culturally appropriate for the audience that is going to receive them.Donation Organizations
What follows is a list of organizations that distribute books to other countries. It is important to contact these groups beforehand, to find out what kind of books they need and are hoping to receive for distribution. General book donation organizations are listed first, followed by regional book donation organizations.
General Book Donation Organizations
Book Aid International
39-41 Coldharbour Lane
Phone: +44 20 7733 3577
Fax: +44 20 7978 8006
Web site: http://www.bookaid.org/
Books for All
D-80639 Munich, Germany.
Phone: : + 49-89-17 23 83
Fax: + 49-89-260 78 96
Web Site: http://www.ifla.org/VII/s10/1996/b4all.htm
Brother's Brother Foundation
1200 Galveston Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15233-1604
Phone: 1-888-232-1916 or 412-321-3160
Web Site: http://www.brothersbrother.org/
Sabre Foundation, Inc.
Book Donation Program
872 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139
E-Mail: Colin McCullough at email@example.com
Book Donation Program information at http://www.sabre.org/books/books.html
Regional Book Donation Organizations
Bookfriends International, NFP (AFRICA)
1000 Rand Road #206
Wauconda, IL 60084
USA Toll Free (877) 726-8777
Office (847) 726-8776
Fax (847) 726-8775
Web site: http://bookfriends.org/default.aspx
The Asia Foundation
Books for Asia Program
80 Elmira Street
San Francisco, CA 94124
E-mail: Gavin Tritt at firstname.lastname@example.org
Web site: http://www.asiafoundation.org/Books/overview.html
For a list of additional organizations, see:
- Book Donation Organizations page of The World Library Partnership web site at: http://worldlibraries.org/resources/donororgs.shtml
Directory of Book Donation Organizations page at the Sabre Foundation web site at: http://www.sabre.org/books/bookorg/bkdn_toc.htm
- Donation Programs For Books, Journals and Media,
a list compiled by the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, Health Sciences Library, at:
- List compiled by the African Studies Association (ASA)
An alternative use for your old books would be to sell them and donate the money to a program that purchases new books for schools and libraries in developing countries.
The World Library Partnership runs a book certificate program that enables African libraries to purchase books at the Zimbabwe International Book Fair. This gives the librarians the opportunity to choose what they purchase, thereby ensuring that the materials will match the needs and interests of library users. For more information see: http://worldlibraries.org/bookcertificates/