The Bookery was established in 2010 in Roeland, Cape Town. To date we have set up 57 school libraries in South Africa, mostly in Cape Town. However, with partners like School Aid UK, we are now venturing into other provinces.
In 2014, in collaboration with the DG Murray Trust, we added a major component to our work that supports the libraries we set up so as to ensure their sustainability. With the University of Cape Town’s (UCT’s) School Improvement Initiative, we continue to develop our model of Library Support.
Other key partners include School Aid UK, Nal’ibali and the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) with the Premier’s Advancement of Youth project, a job creation initiative that sends interns to our libraries. Our partner Action Volunteers Africa (AVA) trains the interns in professional skills. The partnership we have with WCED marks significant progress towards getting long term government buy-in to our model.
Strong affiliations with the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) also add weight to our work.
NPO REGISTRATION NUMBER: 122-150-NPO
PUBLIC BENEFIT ORGANIZATION NUMBER: 930042899
If you would like to spend a few hours covering, sorting, classifying or cataloguing books, please stop by anytime. We are usually open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, but give us a call (021 461 4189) beforehand in case we’re out.
There are many costs involved in setting up and supporting functional school libraries. These include training library assistants, furnishing new libraries and buying books that are still expensive to buy in South Africa. Please consider making a donation so we can continue to help expand young minds through great books and passionate library assistants. The following methods are available:
Bank Standard Bank
Bank account holder The Library Project Trust
Account number 070557128
Branch code 051001
SWIFT code SBZAZAJJ
Donations are tax deductible. If you require a Section 18A certificate, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.