​​Explorer Libraries

By setting up vibrant libraries in unused classrooms, Explorer School Libraries inspire children to explore their world and believe in a brighter future.

Without a library, children are left wanting more

In many schools where we work, there is nothing that can be called a library. Teachers and pupils have to make do with a few tattered, out of date books – or often with no books at all. 

As a result, the chances of children becoming confident readers and succeeding in school plummet, and the consequences can last a lifetime.

But our Explorer Libraries change that forever. 

The power of Explorer Libraries

Through our Explorer Libraries project, we set up new libraries in primary schools – transforming unused classrooms into places where imaginations can run free and learning can flourish.

In each Explorer Library, we provide at least 2,500 books, plus a grant to refurbish the classroom with new chairs, tables and shelves. We run in-depth training too, to help teachers manage the libraries and use the books to inspire young minds. And we provide a grant so our partners can buy locally published books. 

From Ghana to Zanzibar, Explorer Libraries are encouraging children to dream big and build a more equal future.


Quality education

SDG 10

Reduced inequality

Impact since 2018


School libraries created


Children benefitting


Teachers trained

A place for reading to flourish

Explorer Libraries completely transform a space – and with that new space comes an exciting new opportunity for children to engage with reading. At the Kidichi school in Zanzibar, below, children have gone from having a dark room with just a few old books to a vibrant school library.

What each Explorer Library delivers

  • Unused classrooms turn into places where children love to read
  • Books are available on a huge range of subjects
  • Teachers are supported to inspire and engage young readers

Fund this project

It costs £12,000 to create an Explorer Library

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Our mission and vision

Our vision is a world where everyone has access to books that will enrich, improve and change their lives.

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Reports and publications

Read our latest publications, including our Annual Review and BookLinks; our quarterly newsletter for organisations working to encourage reading.

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Our finances

At Book Aid International all the income we receive is from voluntary donations – we receive no government grants.

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