For many of us, it’s hard to imagine a childhood without access to books. In our society, children are often indulged with bedtime stories, and grade school students are issued textbooks and workbooks as a matter of course. Public libraries abound, complete with a colorful children’s book section, and millions of books are available for purchase online. Unfortunately, this availability of books, which we often take for granted here in the States, is not a reality in many areas of the world. To fill this urgent need, Books For Africa has made it its mission to supply free books for school-age students in many areas of Africa. EBSCO Research recently had the opportunity to volunteer for this great organization.

On August 17, a group of EBSCO Research staff members took time out of their weekend to help sort and pack books for shipment in Books For Africa’s Atlanta warehouse. Over the last 25 years, the organization has collected, sorted, and shipped millions of books to 49 African countries. The program provides an immense education resource to these areas that would not have otherwise existed. Last year alone, Books For Africa shipped 2.2 million books, and since the organization’s founding in 1988, over 28 million books have been shipped overseas. In doing this, Books For Africa ensures that text and library books reach the youth who need them the most. As their website states, “For many children in Africa, the gift of books truly is a gift of hope.” In a region that suffers from economic and political turmoil, the power of books in the hands of the next generation is immeasurable.

To learn more about this organization or find out ways you can support their ever-important mission, visit