About Us

Our vision


To facilitate access to clear, relevant, up-to-date, life-saving health information for all clinicians, regardless of geographical location, reliable electricity supply, or technology.

The libraries


Makeni Government Hospital, Sierra Leone

Bo Government Hospital, Sierra Leone

Kenema Government Hospital, Sierra Leone 

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Please also fill out a Gift Aid form  below if you are a UK taxpayer, and email the completed from to: contactus@africanhospitallibraries.org

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Gift aid

Please email us the completed Gift Aid form below if you are a UK taxpayer: contactus@africanhospitallibraries.org

Gift Aid Declaration_African Hospital Libraries (docx)


how we spend money


Some books are directly donated to AHL. Others are bought by AHL for the libraries. Costs depend on the book title, and can range between around £6 to even (rarely) up to £90 per book. 

Library consumables

Photocopying and printing costs, paper, card, sellotape, glue, mobile phone credit for the librarian etc.


Just over £100 pays a librarian's salary in Sierra Leone for one month.

Shipping and in-country transport

It costs around £20 to ship a box of books from the UK to Sierra Leone. 

Hiring a 4x4 to take books from Freetown to the libraries costs around £47 per day, plus fuel.

Library furniture

A locally-made book shelf costs around £67. We have also spent money on tables, chairs, desks, cupboards, standing fans, etc.

Saving up to build Resource Centres in Makeni and Bo!

We are looking to raise an additional £24,000 to enable us to start building at Makeni and Bo Government Hospitals.