The International Law Book Facility (ILBF) is a small, UK based charity which ships second hand UK law books to organisations across the world who support the rule of law and access to justice. Organisations supported include universities, pro bono groups, judiciaries, bar associations, law commissions and prisons. In 11 years, the ILBF has shipped 35,000 books to over 150 organisations in 47 countries.
The books are donated from across the legal community. Packing days are organised by the Shipping Coordinator and the Administrator who are student volunteers and members of the ILBF Operating Committee which is comprised of volunteers from across the legal profession.
A recent survey of the recipients of the books showed that the demand for UK law books is as great as ever. In particular, student textbooks are very popular, not just with universities but also with organisations such as the African Prisons Project (APP) who run a legal studies programme in Ugandan and Kenyan prisons. The University of East Africa received books in December 2016 and have recently sent this feedback:
‘Being quite a new Law Faculty that is stocking books, the addition of the 530 critical law books donated to our library by the International Law Book Facility is such a big leap! These books will be read by many students, will enable the effective teaching of law and further legal knowledge that would eventually translate into a broad range of benefits for the people of Uganda as a whole.’
Dean of the Law, University of East Africa, Mr John Kigula