Arnav Rawat was like many people over lockdown, who found themselves with some extra time on their hands to clear out their house.

But when he came across a pile of schoolbooks in his attic, the 22-year-old from Croxley Green, could not find a convenient place to donate them.

So, unlike many people with extra time on their hands, the graduate in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University decided to come up with his own solution.

With a team of young volunteers, Mr Rawat is creating Books2All, an app that pairs book donors with local schools.

Currently 1 in 8 schools in England, Wales and Northern Ireland do not have a library and 380,000 children do not own a book.

Books2All’s mission is to improve literacy rates nationwide, by building a fast and efficient way of providing children with the resources they need.

Users of the app wishing to donate can scan in the book’s barcode or ISBN and say how far they are willing to travel.

Meanwhile, schools can go onto the app and select the books which would best suit their students.

“There’s a real need for a streamlined and efficient way of donating books," said Mr Rawat.

“Having recently been through education and just left university I know the impact of books and how much they can further your learning, giving you opportunities you might not have had otherwise,” he added.

The app is scheduled to launch in the Winter of 2020 and will initially be trialled in London and Greater Manchester.

By the end of 2021, the non-profit hopes to extend nationwide.

You can find out more about Books2All here.