Library For All is there when books are not,
making reading accessible to all.
To make knowledge accessible to all, equally.
To create and deliver a digital library for the world and provide relevant content to 20 million users by 2030.
The Global Challenge
617 million children worldwide are not reaching the minimum proficiency levels in reading and maths, despite enrollment in school.
A major reason for this is a lack of access to quality, relevant reading material in a familiar language. 40% of the global population does not access education in a language they understand.
Library For All has built an innovative digital library to deliver quality educational materials in communities where history, poverty or remoteness limits access to books.
Literacy and education lead to higher incomes, longer lives, and healthier families. Studies show that if all students in low-income countries had basic reading skills by the time they finished primary school, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty.
Our CEO saw an opportunity to make a real difference to children's lives...
Library For All was founded by Australian entrepreneur Rebecca McDonald. Moved by images of suffering in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, Rebecca relocated with her husband to volunteer on community projects. What affected her most during her years in Haiti was seeing classrooms with hundreds of children that had no books. As a keen reader of e-books herself, the idea for an accessible, culturally-relevant digital library hit Rebecca like a lightning bolt.
Working with influencers and expert collaborators in the US, Rebecca successfully grew Library For All from idea to organisation in 2013. This ground-breaking digital library initiative provides a scalable solution to the lack of accessible books in developing countries. To date, the e-library has reached thousands of children across Haiti, Rwanda, Republic of Congo, Mongolia and Cambodia.
Rebecca returned to Australia in 2016, where she now drives innovation across the Asia Pacific region. With a young family, she is more passionate than ever about the social and economic benefits of literacy education, ensuring that children and young people have the opportunity to become lifelong readers.