Biblionef was established in France in 1989 by Max Vegelin van Claerbergen, a former Dutch ambassador. It is an international network of independent non-profit organisations and there are currently six depots worldwide – the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Suriname (South America), South Africa, and Ghana serving children worldwide with book donations.
The South African organisation came into being in 1998, with the financial assistance of the international Biblionef body and the government of the Netherlands. Its overarching goal is to provide access to good storybooks to children.
Biblionef SA is a NPC (non-profit company) that operates according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO) Book Donation Charter.
It is registered under Section 18A of the South African Income Tax Act and donations are tax deductible. Donors can earn points under the socio-economic development category of their BEE scorecard.