Every child in South Africa deserves to experience the joys and the power of reading

82

School libraries setup since 2010

328,000

Books distributed in South Africa

50

Trained & employed library assistants

71,814

Number of learners reached for the first time

In South Africa 92% of public schools do not have libraries

What we do


We identify schools that need libraries, we partner with these schools and seek funders to cover the costs of setting up the libraries. We stock the libraries with fiction, non-fiction and reference books with help from professional librarians.

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Aims of the Bookery


  • Set up school libraries filled with contemporary and diverse content local and global; fiction and non-fiction to inspire young readers of all ages;
  • Recruit, train and support librarians and library assistants to ensure the Bookery’s libraries are vibrant, loved and safe spaces for learners;
  • Partner with the host schools to ensure the sustainability and growth of the Bookery’s libraries;
  • Build local and international partnerships to drive literacy and reading in South Africa, to provide school libraries with books, computers and IT facilities, and to promote innovative uses of school libraries;
  • Achieve a nationwide reach through well managed and anchor-funded growth.

How to get involved


Help us create dynamic libraries that inspire a love of reading, break barriers and inspire lives. Here are three ways for you to make a meaningful impact.

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In South Africa, 50% of family households do not own books for recreational reading

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From operations staff and library assistants to trustees, we are all aligned in our efforts to bring literature and opportunities to our communities.