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Library Projects in Uganda

Discover Our Accomplishments in Uganda

Discover Uganda's library triumphs with Books For Development. From West Nile to Southern Uganda, and even within prisons, these libraries are empowering communities through education and opportunity.


Library Projects in Uganda

Summary of Libraries in Uganda

 
Please Note: **Asterisks denote book donations to an existing library, while their absence signifies the establishment of a new library.
Click on the underlined items below to view individual libraries and further information about each category.


1. The West Nile Region


Books for Development helped establish and remains in contact with over 100 significant libraries throughout the West Nile region.

Adjumani District (1)

• Adjumani District Library

Arua District (23)

Koboko District (12)

Maracha District (3)

Moyo District (1)

Nebbi District (6)

Obongi District (3)

Okollo Community (1)

Pakwach District (16)

Yumbe District (4)

Zombo District (24)

Refugee Camp Book Box Projects

Health Care Careers Book Box Project

The Winkler Women’s Empowerment Book Box Project

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2. Eastern Uganda


Collaborating with friends from Midland, Texas, Books for Development has shipped approximately 70,000 books to eastern Uganda, including especially communities around Mbale. This includes libraries in:

Eastern Uganda (29)

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3. Central Uganda

Entebbe / Kampala (3)

• Cherish Uganda’s Primary School, Entebbe*

• National Library of Uganda*

• Shaban Lataaya and Kids of Africa*


Mark and students in Kampala

Kalangala District / Lake Victoria Islands (1)

Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (1)



4. Southern Uganda

Kisoro, Bwindi, Mountain Gorilla Conservation (3)

As an outgrowth of its work with UWEC, Books for Development began working with the community of Kisoro, located near Bwindi National Park, the home of the world famous and greatly endangered Mountain Gorillas. This work has included the establishment of several primary and secondary school libraries, including Muganza Primary School, Kisoro Secondary School and Kisoro Primary School as well as the deployment of 30 book boxes emphasizing the gorillas and local wildlife to promote conservation.

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5. Northern Uganda

Murchison Falls National Park (2)

Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s largest park (3,893 square kilometers) and it is home to what many regard as the most powerful waterfall in the world, found on the Victoria Nile, which bisects the park from east to west. The park is also the home to an incredible collection of diverse wildlife, specifically 76 species of mammals (including elephants, Rostchild Giraffes, Uganda Kob, Chimpanzees), over 450 known species of birds (including the remarkable shoebill and the Goliath heron) and Uganda’s largest collection of Nile crocodiles.


Books for Development has previously created a library at and for the park and is working on an expanded version of the same, together with complementary museum features. Additionally, Books for Development in 2023 is completing a library at the Paraa Elementary School found inside the park.

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6. Ugandan Prisons

Ugandan Prisons (11)

Books for Development has found that the creation of libraries in Ugandan prisons is one of the most productive and rewarding of its activities. The rate of illiteracy among prisoners is high and yet many prisons have teachers or others who can serve as teachers of literacy. Libraries provide an excellent seed for the creation of classes among inmates. Prisons that Books for Development works with include:

  • Arua’s Men’s Prison

  • Arua’s Women’s Prison

  • Arua Remand Home Gili Gili

  • Nebbi Prison

  • Masindi Prison

  • Koboko Prison

  • Paidha Prison

  • Moyo Prison

  • Ragem Prison

  • Adjumani Prison

  • Yumbe Prison

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