Libraries Around The World

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African Library Project

The African Library Project coordinates book drives in the United States and partners with schools and villages in African countries to start small libraries. Libraries have been started in Botswana, Ghana, Nigeria,Cameroon, Lesotho, Malawi, Sierra Leone,Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.  Find out how to start a book drive here.

American Library Association: School Library Exchange

Librarians register their school libraries and list specific books they need for their collections. Parents and others may purchase or donate books to any school on the site.

Ngombe Township Reading Center in Lusaka, Zambia

Ngombe Township Reading Center 

Lubuto Library Project

The Lubuto Library Project (LLP) began as a reading room for street kids at a drop-in shelter in central Lusaka, in the African country of Zambia. As word of the reading program spread, people began donating books and the project grew.

Lubuto Library Project Children

The first Lubuto Library opened in 2007. The Project plans to build 100 libaries across Africa over the next ten years. The goal of the project is to make libraries a "safe haven, where children can look at books, be read to and read for themselves … they can also develop their talents and express themselves.

Global Libraries for Development Initiative: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Foundation is supporting individual library projects in the United States and worldwide as well as Beyond Access: Libraries Powering Development. Beyond Access is starting a movement to make libraries hubs for economic and social change; the initiative is supported by such groups as READ (Rural Education and Development) Global, eifl (enabling access to knowledge in developing and transition countries) and Riecken Community Libraries in Central America.

International Dunhuang Project

Dunhuang Project Scroll

The ancient town of Dunhuang was an oasis on the edge of the Gobi desert in western China, a stop along the important trade route known as the Silk Road. Early in the twentieth century, explorers and archaeologists discovered a Buddhist cave library filled with sculptures, murals and manuscripts from 100 BCE (Before the Common Era) to 1400 CE (Common Era). The manuscripts were rolled up in scrolls, just like the manuscripts in the ancient Library of Alexandria.

Dunhuang Project Scroll

The International Dunhuang Project is a partnership of several libraries around the world, led by the British Library, to make all the manuscripts from this ancient library available on the Internet. The American libraries participating in the project include the Freer Gallery of Art at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., the University of California in Los Angeles, Princeton University and The Morgan Library in New York.

A World of Readers: Libraries Around the World

Students visit library websites from Hong Kong, Kenya, Scotland and more to develop a broader perspective about library services available throughout the world. Grades 6 to 8.

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