Our Story

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Our Mission

The International Book Bank aims to increase global literacy by donating brand new books to charities in developing countries. IBB’s cloud-based inventory system and electronic catalog allow indigenous institutions to choose their own learning materials in their own quantities — and prepare lessons in advance.

Our brand new books are free. Sponsoring agencies pay only shipping and handling costs to move the books from our warehouse in Baltimore to the port nearest them. These costs can be minimized with fundraising help from our board, staff and sponsors.

Our History

Since 1987, IBB has shipped more than 25 million brand new books to Africa, Asia, Central America, Central and Eastern Europe and South America. IBB was founded in 1987 as an all-volunteer organization until a 1989 formalized partnership with the Canadian literacy organization CODE created a professional staff. In 1990, IBB moved from Chicago to the international port at Baltimore.

IBB’s first shipment of brand new books went to Jamaica.

Our Promise

IBB is a mission-driven 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We promise four things to our donors, sponsors and recipients:

A copy of our current financial statement is available on request by contacting us. Documents and information submitted to the State of Maryland under the Maryland Charitable Solicitations Act are available from the Secretary of State at 16 Francis St., Annapolis, MD 21401 (include payment for copying and postage).