African Library Project

Nursing Books for Maluti

10/17/2012 to 12/10/2012
San Francisco CA

We are working with the African Library Project to provide books to eager readers in Africa who have very few books. Please help us by collecting and delivering gently used books or by raising money to help pay for shipping to Africa. It takes only 1000 books and $500 (plus a little elbow grease!) to start a single library and make a huge difference in children’s lives.

This book drive is organized by ...

San Francisco State University, a public urban university with a conscience located in one of the world's most vibrant and beautiful cities. We're collecting books on campus, especially from the students, staff and faculty studying nursing, health education, biology and kinesiology.

Our website link:

We want to start a library in Africa because...

Good nurses need good learning resources, including useful contemporary textbooks and reference sources.

About our African Partners...

Maluti Adventist School of Nursing is owned by the Seventh-day Adventist Church and is located on the campus of Maluti Adventist Hospital in Popopo Village, Lesotho. The school runs two diploma programs-general nursing and midwifery-and has been in existence for the past fifty-four years. Though the school does have a library, the majority of the books are out of date- many from the 1970’s.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

Textbooks, research, Reference books, Manuals, and Journals from the past five years

Anatomy, CPR, Medical-Surgical nursing, Pediatrics, Nutrition, Psychiatry, Sociology, Psychology, Fundamentals of Nursing Practice, Ethics, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Healthcare management, and Related sciences

Here's how you can contribute your books...

On the SF State campus, drop off your books at GYM 101, Burk Hall 348, or Library Suite 321.

We need to raise funds for shipping the books...

Since our books will be larger heavier textbooks, domestic shipping costs will be more than the average African Library Project book drive. Please contact Pam Howard at for donation information.

Here are some ways that you can help...

Donate your books! If you have books on science, medicine and health at home they might be better used by a community with less access to books, the Internet or databases for medical information.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Pam Howard, Health Sciences Librarian
Phone: (415) 338-7395

Name: Mira Foster, Librarian and ALP Board Member
Phone: (415) 405-2590

Progress Report

Our Goal 500 books $600 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 12/10/12)
490 books $690 fundraising

On Dec 7th, 2012 37 boxes (1146 pounds) of nursing, nutrition, kinesiology and related health sciences books were sent via USPS to New Orleans ($532.69), where they will join over 60 other libraries on the journey to Lesotho. We were able to communicate throughout the book drives about particular books with Peace Corps Volunteer Barbara Meyer, who is working at the Maluti Nursing School. Hopefully the textbooks and reference sources recently used in SF State's nursing program can be useful for nurses in Lesotho.


Special thanks to Megan Robles, Emily Blanchard, and Taylor Valentino (of SF State's Kinesiology Graduate Program) for helping Pam and Mira take over 37 boxes / 1146 pounds of books to the post office on December 7th! Thank you to Ed Rovera, Skip Davis, Bernadette Humphrey, the Sequoia Nursing Students group, the SF State Nursing Department, MiSook and Rebecca for their donations for shipping!

Tips for Other Book Drive Organizers

YOU CAN NEVER HAVE ENOUGH MOVING TAPE! You'll be amazed by how much you'll need. Also, be ready to pay more than $200 to usps for the domestic shipping to the post office, and go to one that is near an airport or depot (where they are used to big boxes).

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