International Book Project

By Goodreads Staff | Published Jun 03, 2012 11:24PM


A community in Nigeria receives a shipment of books.

The International Book Project began in 1966, when founder Harriet Van Meter started shipping books from her basement to readers in need. Today the nonprofit sends about 200,000 books annually to developing nations in South America, Asia, and Africa and partners with groups such as Teach for America and Habitat for Humanity to reach underserved communities in the United States. The nonprofit also runs the Kentucky-based Books as Bridges program, which connects American students with pen pals overseas as a way to promote cultural awareness and global service.

A finalist for the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize, Van Meter passed away in 1997, but her organization continues to grow. To date, the International Book Project has donated more than 5.8 million books! Find out how you can sponsor a shipment and donate!



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message 1: by Amanda (new)

Amanda I have worked for IBP as an AmeriCorps VISTA for almost a year now, and this organization is one of the best book-sending organizations I have ever supported or been involved with. They really take the time to give their partners a say in what books would benefit them the most rather than just sending the books they have on hand. IBP strongly believes in their partners' capability of determining the best path to improving literacy in their own communities rather than thinking we here in the U.S. know what's best. Additionally, IBP is able to send smaller shipments of books to partners who are only looking for enough books to stock their classrooms and might not necessarily be able to handle a shipment of thousands of books. Even when my year of service is up with IBP, I will be a life-long supporter, and I highly recommend supporting this organization if you believe that books change lives!


message 2: by Dan (new)

Dan A marvelous endorsement for what appears to me to be an extremely worthy cause.


message 3: by Lorraine (new)

Lorraine What are the criteria if any regarding the books and type..etc. Would like to participate or even volunteer.
thanks,


message 4: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Goldie wrote: "What are the criteria if any regarding the books and type..etc. Would like to participate or even volunteer.
thanks,"


IBP accepts any type of book that is in good condition (no broken bindings, missing or yellow pages, etc). The only real requirement is that they ask Textbooks to be copyright 2001 or newer and encyclopedias to be copyright 1990 or newer. They are most in need of children's books, any K-12 textbooks, medical textbooks, classic literature, classroom sets of novels or readers, and books in Spanish.

Thank you! If you would like to see about volunteering, you can email IBP's volunteer coordinator at volunteers@intlbookproject.org


message 5: by Gilax (new)

Gilax this is wonderful,how would one be involved and how can one receive some of these donated books especially if he is from East Africa?


message 6: by Jim (new)

Jim I am director of two college programs in Ecuador. How can I participate to receive books? I don't need text books, I need fiction, history, reference materials, and general non-fiction interest to encourage 2nd language acquisition through reading. swhitman@broward.edu


message 7: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Jim wrote: "I am director of two college programs in Ecuador. How can I participate to receive books? I don't need text books, I need fiction, history, reference materials, and general non-fiction interest to ..."

Hi Jim! Please email director@intlbookproject.org with a little information about your programs, and we will see what we can do! We have done lots of work in Ecuador in the past!


message 8: by Caroline (new)

Caroline Wonderful program! Thank you for bringing it to our attention.


message 9: by Mark (new)

Mark Is there a program like this in Australia?


message 10: by Narayana (new)

Narayana Dear Sir /Madam
let me know how to get free books ?


message 11: by Niza (new)

Niza Dear Sir/ Madam,

I need not the text and syllabus books. I require the books which are use for references in research like historical research. Suppose I,m a researcher in History based topic. How can I get books from you?


message 12: by Tessa (new)

Tessa Horan How ddo you get the books to places like Africa, who pays the transport costs?


message 13: by Dim (new)

Dim Godswill how do people in Africa get this book?


message 14: by Chris (new)

Chris I'm teacher living in Brasil and i'd love to receive books in Rio de Janeiro.


message 15: by Nikki (new)

Nikki Rose Hi. I am working in the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples here in the Philippines. I just want to ask if our Mangyans here in the mountains of Oriental Mindoro could also benefit with this wonderful project?


message 16: by Margaret (new)

Margaret Crampton May I nominate a local Grahamstown township school library as a worthy recipient of books? Nsika School has a lovely library but it has empty shelves. This is a secondary school with an excellent headmistress and good teachers and learners. They deserve your support.


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