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School Book Drives

Please contact [email protected] prior to holding your book drives. We must limit the donations from each school to 3 boxes per annum, with the aim being to send the best quality books to remote and regional schools. This decision has been made in order for us to manage our limited storage space.

Donation dates

The Aboriginal Literacy Foundation has set two periods throughout the year for book donations.

Donation period 1: February 1 to April 30
Donation period 2: August 1 to October 31

We appreciate all donations of new and used children’s books. All books are sorted, packed, and delivered to Indigenous communities throughout Australia that desperately need help. To assist us with our book sorting and to make our distribution easier we ask that you refer to the following criteria before sending or delivering books.

 We do accept – New and second hand:

  • Picture books – new titles, classic titles, favourite authors, award winners
  • Early readers – popular series, cardboard books
  • Fiction – new titles, popular authors, classics
  • Non-Fiction (current and relevant to Indigenous culture)

Age levels

Suitable for children from 0-16 years of age. (The warehouse reports we currently have a shortage of young adult fiction.)

We do not accept books that have:

  • Binding that is frayed
  • Cover and pages that torn or missing
  • Food stains
  • Been chewed on
  • Been written in or highlighted
  • Mould, dirt or water damage
  • Battery operated sounds.
  • An accompanying CD, but CD is missing.

Or that are:

  • Novels or books directed at an adult audience or containing adult content
  • Pamphlets
  • Encyclopaedias
  • Religious material
  • Magazines
  • Home decorating or gardening books, craft books, financial guides
  • Medical, technical and scientific books
  • Educational textbooks
  • Library books

Sadly, in the past we have received large amounts of books that are not suitable to send out. When considering donating books to us, we ask kindly you keep in mind that we are a not-for-profit organisation. Donating books to us that do not fit the above criteria could mean we incur extra costs for their removal and disposal at a recycling facility.

Delivering your books to ALF

Books can be sent by mail to:
Aboriginal Literacy Foundation
7 Eyre Street
Ballarat Central
Victoria, 3350
Deliveries can also be made in person during office hours.
Please notify us prior to delivering your books by calling (03) 9650 1006 or email [email protected]

Unfortunately, we do not have any collection depots in any other cities or states at this time.