Charitable library organizations:
Founded in 2007, LWB is today one of the leading NGO supporting libraries in the world.
LWB IN NUMBERS
- 20 countries where LWB is working
- More than 50,000 books sent each year
- Since 2007, 500 librarians across the globe have received training
- 5000 000 beneficiaries since 2007
- A team of 30 employees around the world
- More than 500 volunteers around the world
LWB’s mission is to address the structural causes of economic and human under-development through the promotion of better and innovative educative practices, providing access to life-long learning and training, helping disseminate information and knowledge, reducing the digital divide and promoting cultural heritage.
This objective is part of a broader approach to fight against all forms of ignorance and obscurantism. By creating and reinforcing libraries, training librarians, distributing books, supporting local publishing and designing library networks, Libraries Without Borders actively promotes access to knowledge throughout the world.
Our work in France focuses mainly on helping immigrant populations adapt to the local culture, as well as supporting underprivileged individuals on their road to social reintegration.
By providing asylum seekers with the means to communicate with their families and helping them organize spaces to be used as a libraries, we aim to create a place where they can express themselves freely and project themselves into the future. We also work closely with the homeless by creating libraries and information centers in shelters that host them in emergency situations (extreme cold, etc.).
We advocate the idea of the library as a toolbox for communities to disseminate knowledge, promote social harmony, accompany the least fortunate, and ultimately, pursue human and economic development.
AREAS OF INTERVENTION
LWB establishes libraries and information resource centers in universities and schools. This support manifests itself in the donation of materials, technical equipment, texts, and multimedia and electronic resources. LWB also provides support to teachers in their education responsibilities by putting in place educational resource centers as well as creating educational digital content.
2. INFORMATION AND CULTURE
LWB supports the development of structures providing access to books, information and culture in developing countries. LWB enters into partnerships with libraries to help them develop their textual and digital resources and set up quality cultural programs. LWB also accompanies the creation of cultural projects for specific and disadvantaged groups such as visually impaired persons, prisoners and refugee populations.
3. CAPACITY BUILDING
LWB initiates innovative specialized resource projects to reinforce the capacities of specific groups such as professionals from the medical or justice sectors. In facilitating access to verified and quality-controlled information, LWB accompanies their daily work in servicing their communities as well as their scientific research.
4. CONSERVATION OF CULTURAL HERITAGE
LWB assists in the conservation and promotion of local written or oral heritage through the creation of specialized structures (libraries, cultural centers) and the training of personnel in these professions. Within the framework of promoting local knowledge and supporting publishers in developing countries, LWB also promotes the diffusion of local literature.
5. CULTURAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
LWB works alongside cultural entrepreneurs to design innovative and sustainable economic models. By setting up income-generating activities and training in management strategies, libraries are re-invented as social and cultural entrepreneurs with major economic benefits for their communities.