Lubuto Library Project provides quality educational opportunities for Zambian children and youth orphaned and vulnerable as a result of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The libraries are free and open to the public, but they are designed for children, and specifically target those who are excluded from formal education, including youth living on the streets and children in extreme and desperate poverty. Carefully crafted book collections built by library professionals include culturally relevant and up-to-date materials. The libraries also provide access to technology, arts, and, most importantly, caring adults who can support children and connect them with otherwise inaccessible resources. LLP is also significant for its strong ties to Zambia's cultural heritage. It aims to collect and compile 100% of what is written for children in Zambian languages, preserving an important literary heritage for future generations. In 2013, the first two indigenously-styled libraries received over 100,000 visits and a third library (the first in a rural area) opened in summer 2014. LLP brings light to isolated children. You can be part of the vision.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 4

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 4; Internationally; ; Zambia

Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24)

Population(s) Served: Individuals with Disabilities; Individuals living with HIV/AIDs; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students; ; HIV/AIDs

  • Number of children and youth we serve annually:   16,000
  • Number of library visits annually:   150,000
  • Number of volunteers who work with us annually:   110

Awards & Recognition

Nominated for the prestigeous Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, Swedish Arts Council, for 2009 , 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 ,2015 and 2016
2010 International award from the International Library and Information Group of the U.K.ís Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals
2009 American Library Association Presidentís Citation for International Innovation
University of Maryland College of Information Studies Distinguished Alumnus Award 2008
Dow Jones Leadership Award, Special Libraries Association, June 2007


Budget (FY2013)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for Lubuto Library Partners is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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