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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. What type of books do you need?
  2. How do you cope with the language difficulties?
  3. How can I get my books to you?
  4. Can someone come and collect the books from me?
  5. Can I leave books at your second-hand bookshops?
  6. Where do the containers of books go?

What types of books do you need?

For our overseas program we are looking for the following books:

  • All kinds of Christian books regardless of age or doctrinal stance.
  • Books on theology, Bible commentaries, Bible encyclopedias and dictionaries.
  • Books on biblical languages, including lexicons and and books on grammar.
  • Bibles of any version [except New English Bible (NEB)] regardless of age
  • Ladybird Books - both religious and secular.

Unfortunately we are unable to use secular books (i.e. Non-Christian); school text books (including RE books); dated reading notes / Used Sunday School material; Magazines; Hymn Books or non-book items (e.g. CD's, Videos, Cassette Tapes)

How do you cope with the language difficulties?

The vast majority of places that we work with are or once formed part of the British Commonwealth. Therefore English is one of their major languages.

How can I get my books to you?

We have a network of almost 200 collecting points right across the UK. These people are the backbone of our ministry. Wherever you live there is going to be somebody close by who will receive the books and Bibles on our behalf. They then get them into one of our warehouses where they are selected to go overseas. Use the 'Collection Points' link at the left of the page to see where your nearest collection point is.

Can someone come and collect the books from me?

The majority of our 'collectors' are individuals operating from their homes in their spare time. Others are based in bookshops and churches and are not always available to leave their place of work. We leave the decision entirely at the discretion of the collector concerned. We cannot guarantee that they will be able to come and pick up and never promise donors that they will. It is always best to talk with the local collector and see if you can come to a mutually agreeable arrangement.

Can I leave books at your second-hand bookshops?

Your book donations can be left at all of our bookshops, please note our following book requirements as listed above.

Where do the containers of books go?

Over the last twenty-seven years (up to end December 2014) 310 20ft containers have been sent to eighteen different nations:

  • Nigeria [110]
  • Ghana [40]
  • Uganda [23]
  • India [26]
  • Kenya [18]
  • Zimbabwe [15]
  • Zambia [12]
  • Malawi [11]
  • Sierra Leone [11]
  • Cameroon [10]
  • Guyana [7]
  • South Africa [6]
  • Liberia [5]
  • Tanzania [5]
  • Jamaica [4]
  • Philippines [3]
  • Barbados [2]
  • Papua New Guinea [2]

We have also sent other smaller shipments to overseas Bible College libraries and to other countries.