Donation of medical textbooks and journals is a wonderful and easy way to help promote education and autonomy in underserved areas. As a general rule texts and journals should not be more than 8 yrs old or more than one edition old. There are several organizations listed that you can donate through but in many schools there are students going abroad during 4th year and 1st year summer that can deliver books directly. Also in schools that have used textbook sales, the left over books can then be donated. As a final note, do not forget about domestic outlet for medical texts, such as rural/inner city health centers and Indian reservation libraries.
- Book Aid International
This British organization works in partnership with organizations in developing countries to support local initiatives in literacy, education, training, and publishing. Ranfurly Library Service of New York is the U.S. branch, which is also affiliated with Rotary International. To obtain more information on what types of books they accept, visit the Book Aid International web site or contact them at (914) 473-1652.
- Books For Africa
Books For Africa is the largest shipper of donated books to the African continent. Books For Africa is a 501(c)(3) non-profit based in St. Paul, Minnesota dedicated to helping end the book famine in Africa. Since our founding in 1988 Books For Africa has distributed over 24 million books to children in 46 African nations. Books For Africa also distributes basic medical and nursing texts to 18 African nations.
- The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia Program
Books for Asia puts one million brand-new books into the hands of students, educators, and local and national leaders in 18 countries annually. We empower future and current leaders with information because we know that an educated population is better equipped to fight poverty, disease, injustice, and instability.
- Bridge to Asia
Bridge to Asia has worked in China and Southeast Asia for 17 years, supplying used books and journals to more than 1000 universities.
- Sabre Foundation
- University at Albany, State University of New York
- Global Medical Libraries
Global Medical Libraries is a global initiative focused on improving the standard of health care in developing countries by providing donated medical educational resources, which contribute to advancing the quality of pre-service education.
Since the program’s inception in April 2007, over $2.5 million of health sciences (dentistry, nursing, and medical) textbooks have been sent to recipients in 26 countries: Afghanistan, Antiqua, Chad, China, Ethiopia, Germany, Haiti, Iraq, Malawi, Morocco-Western Sahara region, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Congo, Republic of Fiji, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Tanzania, Turkey (Turkish Syrian Border), Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Global Medical Libraries has significantly enhanced the initial and continuing medical education of health care professionals in communities crippled by the lack of materials, with which to teach, learn and provide health care of all kind, through donated medical education resources.
To learn how you and/or your medical school can participate, visit www.GlobalMedicalLibraries.org or email info@GlobalMedicalLibraries.org.