SWOSU Biology Club Collecting Books for Africa


Southwestern Oklahoma State University’s Biology Club on the Weatherford campus is collecting books for a non-profit agency, which collects donations for 26 countries on the continent of Africa.

Books for Africa (BFA) is a non profit agency that collects donations for the African countries. Better World Books (BWB) helps BFA with both book donations and monetary donations. BWB sorts through the books at their collection center and pulls out the requested subject matter for shipment to Africa.

BWB is a for profit company that resells the other books online and donates 100% of the profits after all costs to BFA. Much of the funding helps underwrite BFA shipping expenses (each sea container they send is at a cost of $9500). Books For Africa sends books to refugee camps, schools and villages in Africa.

The Biology Club has placed depository boxes for the collection of books at various places around campus, including Campbell Building, Al Harris Library, Chemistry/Pharmacy/Physics Building, Education Building, Science Building and Stafford Center.

Sue Ball, faculty sponsor for the biology club, said club members will ship the donated books to BWB because BWB will pay all shipping costs. Ball requests any faculty books that have been received from publishers not be donated unless they are outdated and can no longer garner a profit. Technically, since some of the texts may be sold in the United States, contributing current texts would be identical to selling publisher’s books to book buyers. BFA also requests that books with a religious connotation or books that would not be used in the African culture (such as American History, for example) not be donated.

Additional information is available by contacting Biology Club President Garry Bull at bullg@student.swosu.edu or Ball at sue.ball@swosu.edu or 580.774.3085.