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

LOCAL

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

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

121,125

Readers reached through our Library Reading program since 2010

143

Libraries impacted by our Library Reading program

10

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

Richard Richard Richard Atuti is the Director of the Kenya National Library Service. He's played a vital role in the success of the LEAP 2.0 project which brought digital reading to all 61 public libraries in Kenya. Read More Kenya Kelvin Kelvin When Kelvin’s small village received 25 e-readers from Worldreader loaded with 5,000 e-books, Kelvin took on a new role. Read More Kenya Eliud Eliud 13-year-old Eliud received the highest exam grade not only in his school, but in the entire Vihiga county in Kenya. He accredits his success to the knowledge he gained from spending every day in the library reading the digital books on the e-readers. Read More Vihiga, Kenya

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