African Library Project

Rating: 4.98 stars   48 reviews


5 Thistle Street Portola Valley CA 94028 USA


The African Library Project starts and improves small libraries in sub-Saharan Africa to promote literacy and education.


Since 2005, we have started or improved 1,481 small libraries in Botswana, Cameroon, Lesotho, Malawi, Nigeria, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Ghana. We have made over 1100 partnerships in the U.S. with schools, companies, individuals, youth groups, Scouts, and families. We have shipped over 1,500,000 books to Africa serving over 1.5 million readers.

Target demographics:

Africans, especially students, who have no access to books and information

Direct beneficiaries per year:

250,000 readers in new/improved libraries.

Geographic areas served:

Botswana, Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland, Sierra Leone and South Africa


small libraries in rural areas, librarian training and best practice Summits for our partners in Africa.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The African Library Project is an amazing group of volunteers working tireleslly to promote education and literacy in some of the most remote regions in Africa. They are professional courteous and we are thrilled to have discovered them and be able to work with them. Without their hard work we would not have been able to make as much as an impact. There knowledge and experience is a beacon of light and it is an honor to work with them.

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They have clear and understandable policies, but it would be nice if they worked in more countries and serviced higher education institutions.

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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thanks, Yosef! We love Books4Cause, too! You do such a phenomenal job in the Chicago area. I'm so glad you are headed to Botswana in November:)