Libraries Without Borders (LWB) is an international nonprofit committed to expanding access to information and critical services to underserved communities around the world. By partnering with libraries, schools, small businesses, community-based organizations and civic institutions, LWB transforms laundromats, lobbies, parks, recreational centers, and other public spaces into pop-up learning centers. Through this approach, we literally meet people where they are—whether that’s a laundromat in the Bronx or a refugee camp in Jordan—to amplify the impact of our partners, expand community access to relevant and reliable resources, and equip individuals with the tools and training they need to provide relevant and reliable information to their communities, bridge the digital divide, reduce poverty, promote civic engagement and improve the quality of people’s lives.
Internationally, LWB has designed, implemented, and evaluated library programs in refugee camps, remote villages, and disaster relief contexts since 2007. Our US efforts have won numerous awards, including the Google Impact Challenge and the Library of Congress International Literacy Award. Supporters include the City of Washington DC, the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, Sony, Google Fiber, the Knight Foundation, and the Alexander Soros Foundation.