For millions of people who have no local library, books are out of reach.
Families struggling with poverty cannot afford to buy books for their homes and in many communities schools can offer only a few tattered textbooks.
The need for books is greatest where people face conflict, displacement and discrimination – yet it is exactly these communities which are the most likely to be without a well-stocked library.
Reading offers the chance to discover new possibilities, to continue an interrupted education, to look through windows into new worlds and to start the journey toward a better future – and no one should be without books.
Creating Community Container Libraries
Every Community Container Library brings a shipping container to life as a library to support a whole community – from children learning to read to adults looking for the skills to set up a business to students studying for exams.
Stocked with more than 5,000 brand new books donated from the UK, every Community Container Library includes built in shelves, funding for locally purchased books, training for staff and volunteers to run the library and funds to run a launch event, introducing the community to their new library.
Libraries offer the chance to read about new possibilities, to find new information, to look through windows into new worlds and to start the journey towards a better future – so every Community Library will give thousands of people the opportunity to change their own lives for the better.
The first Community Container Library
The first Community Container Library has now opened in Rwanda with a focus on supporting children who would otherwise have no access to books. It is a beautiful, welcoming space packed with inspiring books and surrounded by a veranda where children can gather together and read.
Rwanda does not have a public library network, so community libraries which are often full of old tattered books or a few curriculum books or old uninspiring fiction books in schools are many children’s only opportunity to read. The books in the new Community Container Library are a vital new resource, and children particularly love sitting together sharing and interacting with the sound and pop-up books. See how the library is changing lives in our short film:
We would like to thank the players of People’s Postcode Lottery for supporting the first Voyager Container Library. Find out more about how players support our work
Be a part of the next Community Container Library
We hope to open many more Community Container Libraries in the years to come and focus on bringing these thriving libraries to those who need them most – particularly displaced people. It costs around £30,000 to create a Community Container Library.