Library Reading Program

Reading in Libraries

In many communities around the world, a library is a place not only of information but economic opportunity and community development. Too many libraries across Africa are under-resourced.

How we work

The Library Reading program provides libraries with e-readers loaded with relevant books and librarian and staff digital reading project management training, as well as guidance around community outreach and engagement. The program ultimately helps increase the number of patrons visiting libraries and encourages more reading throughout their surrounding communities.

Key Projects


The Local Content for African Libraries (LOCAL) project aims to address the demand for local-language books in Africa. The project will reach 30 libraries in Ghana, Uganda, and Zambia.

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LEAP (Libraries, E-Reading, Activities, Partnerships) set out to equip all public libraries in Kenya with relevant content and e-readers and position libraries as major contributors to Kenya’s development.

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Our progress


Readers reached through our Library Reading program since 2010


Libraries impacted by our Library Reading program


Countries with active Library Reading projects

Supporting the UN sustainable development goals

Our Library Reading work supports the UN Sustainable Development Goal number 4, target 4.6, which aims to ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy.

Our Library Reading work also supports Goal number 16, target 16.10, which aims to ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements.

Meet our readers

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Our first-ever national scale project turned Kenyan libraries into digital hubs

LEAP (Libraries, E-Reading, Activities, Partnership) project was ground-breaking in many ways. Find out what made it so successful.