Read Library

Providing free libraries to schools in disadvantaged areas of India – Helping children to read and learn.

How narrow would your life be today if you had only ever read the set school textbooks? Or no books! Well, that is the experience of many children today in schools in India. There is a lack of emphasis on reading and learning abilities. Schools neither have the facilities nor provide encouragement to children to widen their knowledge, skills, and imagination through accessing a range of books.

By providing a library of books for Schools, the aim of this IAHV project is to give underprivileged children access to quality books, to promote their reading and learning and to expand their knowledge. As part of promoting holistic, value-based education, IAHV is partnering with the Read Library Project which has already provided over 25 libraries for Schools, benefitting nearly 3500 children. The Read Library Project will be delivering and monitoring the libraries which will be funded by IAHV.

“Education is the key to beating poverty and the greatest investment we can make for global prosperity and the future of our world.” DFID UK aid: Changing lives, delivering results 2012.

Across the world, the focus on the Millennium Development Goal of getting children into primary education has generally drawn attention away from learning outcomes and ensuring the quality of education. This project firmly addresses the need to improve the quality of children’s education.

We were all really impressed by the great work that Ashish and his team have been doing to set up libraries in schools in India,” said Sue Hindle. “This project to establish school libraries and to promote reading for school children is an excellent fit with the work IAHV is already doing to provide schooling in India. We are very pleased to be working with the Read Library Project to set up libraries and to promote reading in many more schools.

IAHV UK has committed to supporting the setup of 25 school libraries over 2 years. A library for one school costs around £250. People with an Indian connection may want to support a school in a town or village in India where they were brought up or where family members live. At present, we are communicating with a number of Schools and Organisations about setting up or enhancing their libraries, including:

  • Janseva Vikas Trust, Nakhalpura, Vadodara, Gujarat
  • Paranga Trust, Magadi Taluk, Bangalore Rural
  • Sri Sri Ravi Vidya Mandir Schools
  • Kevalya Foundation, Surat, Gujarat
  • Lohit Libraries, Arunachal Pradesh

If you would like to get involved and help children to read, contact Ashish Monga at or

Please read our latest report from the Read Library team.

Latest Report Read Library Read Library Newsletter Feb 2018

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