African Library Project

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • International


19 Mantua RoadMt. Royal, NJ 08061 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

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.


African Library Project is dedicated to expanding opportunities by creating spaces that nurture literacy. We create and improve small libraries in African communities that have had limited access to literary materials. Since 2005, our organization as has established over 3,400 libraries in schools and communities across 13 African countries. That's over 3.6 million books! We are a growing non-profit guided by values of partnership, involvement and sustainability. We currently work in Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Uganda. African Library Project is proud to partner with outstanding organizations and individuals who are dedicated to promoting literacy and library development in Africa. In the United States and Canada, volunteers organize book drives and raise funds to ship the books overseas. Once those books are gathered and mailed, African Library Project relies on a network of dedicated partners within Africa to get them to each community - no matter how far. In addition to selecting and vetting each library recipient, our trusted partners provide training on how to set up and run a library in a rural community. Together, we evaluate the use of our libraries, measure our impact and share in developing best practices. The African Library Project’s goal is to make sure our libraries remain active and continue to enrich those who need them the most. Learn more about us at:


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by chris b. (November 18, 2012)
The management team is all volunteer, but so organized, passionate, knowledgeable and talented. It is a pleasure to volunteer with ALP and I've seen the impact of the work firsthand.
by Lisako B. from CA (November 18, 2012)
An Amazing organization that cares tremendously about literacy in Africa. I encourage volunteering for this all volunteer grass roots organization.
by Deborah L. (February 3, 2011)
I'm doing my first book drive with ALP right now, and I love it--everything is so well organized. I really feel like I am making a difference and everyone is excited to help me.

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