Lubuto Libraries

A Lubuto library is a special place designed for street kids and other marginalized children and youth in Africa. In the safe haven of the library, children can look at books, be read to and read for themselves. They can develop their talents and express themselves through the visual and performing arts, or communicate and learn with computers. They can receive mentoring and guidance and participate in programs on health and the environment. Lubuto libraries open the world to children with no opportunities, allowing them to explore their heritage and learn about others through varied and enriching library programs.

Lubuto library buildings use vernacular design to give children profound and rich spaces—a ‘home’ in which to read and learn. A refuge from their harsh life, the comfortable, usable library lets children just be children with books to help them dream, imagine and envision a better future.

Welcome to Lubuto libraries in Zambia, safe and beautiful indigenous environments where the most vulnerable, including street children, find community, connection, literacy, education and ways to express themselves through art, drama and mentoring. This film shows where Lubuto's youth come from and what is in store for them at our libraries.