The millionth book

MEDIA RELEASE – 1 million books for third year running

16th December 2016 | News

Book Aid International has once again shipped over 1 million books to Africa, The Occupied Palestinian Territories and, for the first time, a refugee camp in Greece. The Camberwell based charity is the UK’s leading book donation and library development charity. At time of writing, 1,032,610 have been shipped to 14 countries. Book Aid International expects the number to rise slightly before the end of the year.

In the communities where Book Aid International works, many people have little or no access to books. In schools, several children may share one out of date text book and at home most people cannot afford to buy their own books. This means that libraries can offer the only realistic chance for people to read.

That is why Book Aid International is proud to work with a range of libraries that provide access to books in hospitals, schools, prisons, refugee camps, slums, cities, universities and isolated rural communities. These libraries ensure that people from all walks of life have the opportunity to read whether for pleasure or study throughout their lives.

The final shipment of books departed Camberwell today, 16 December, for Kenya. One of the many people who has already received books from the charity is Regional Pharmacist Daniel Aguma at the Lira Regional Referral Hospital. He explained how the medical books his hospital library received will make a difference to him and his patients: “It is unusual to get books in the hospital in Uganda. I am currently using a pharmaceutical reference book (British National Formulary) from 2012. Now we have several 2014- 2015 versions here in the library. The new books help improve decision making on doses and treatment options. The information is now at our fingertips.”

Book Aid International could never have reached the million book mark without the support of thousands of people across the UK. The charity would like to thank everyone who has been a part of its success this year.

The charity’s Director, Alison Tweed, expressed her thanks: “Our mission is to work in partnership with libraries by providing books, resources and training to support an environment where reading for pleasure, study and lifelong learning can flourish. Ensuring that libraries receive carefully selected, brand new books is a huge part of that process. I would like to personally thank each and every donor, volunteer, publisher and fundraiser who has been a part of sourcing, packing and funding the shipment of these life-changing books. We hope to do even more in 2017.”

Next year, Book Aid International plans to open school libraries for thousands of primary school children through its flagship programme, Inspiring Readers, continue creating Children’s Corners in libraries where children will be inspired to read and increase its work with marginalised communities.

To find out more about the charity’s work or stay up to date, you can visit the website and subscribe to the charity’s e-newsletter: You can also follow the charity on Twitter @book_aid.



For further information and comment please contact Emma Taylor, Head of Communications at Book Aid International.

t: 020 7326 5800

Book Aid International

Book Aid International is the UK’s leading book donation and library support charity. The charity works in partnership with libraries providing new books, resources and training to support an environment in which reading for pleasure, study and lifelong learning can flourish.