We’ve raised enough for two mobile libraries, in just 24hrs!

The Buy India a Library campaign kicked off yesterday, and thanks to incredibly generous support from across the world we already have more than three hundred pounds! Donations from Europe, Australia and the UK have come flooding in, meaning that within 24hrs of launch we had already recieved enough cash to buy two mobile libraries in Africa, and a Book Grant. This is absolutely amazing – thank you!


If you can help us get further towards are ultimate goals by dontating, that would be fantastic (note the amount is in the currency Sterling / Pounds) – we still have a long way to go to reach our goals.

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Thank for any help you can give us! Whether it’s by donating using the button above, or just spreading the word about the campaign by any and all means (including tweeting a link to this post, or sharing it on Facebook – or just by telling your friends or sending an email to staff at your library) we are incredibly grateful – it’s amazing to think that where there was previously nothing, now there will be books and libraries – crowd sourced from librarians everywhere.


Subscribe to the blog for more updates on how we’re doing – and stay tuned for an in-depth look at exactly how and where the money is spent, and the organisations who are spending it.

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what it costs to buy a library

So, how much does it cost to buy India a library?

If each of Andromeda’s followers chipped in: £1250/426 = £2.93 each ($4.55, 25.84 Danish kroner).

If each of Jan’s followers chipped in: £1.76 ($2.73, 15.52 DKK).

If each of Ned’s followers chipped in: £1.44 ($2.24, 12.70 DKK).

You know what else you could buy for $2.24, plus or minus?

Starbucks' Christmas Bokeh

You do the math.

Please help us reach our goal by donating (note the amount is in the currency Sterling / Pounds).

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Help us build and fund a library in India

This blog has been set up by four Information Professionals from the US and Europe, to buy India a library, via Good Gifts.org. (You can read more about who we are on the About page.) We’re launching a new year appeal to raise money enough to build and fund either a mobile library in Africa or permanent library in India, covering areas which are currently book-free zones. If you have any connection with libraries and spare any money at all, please donate whatever you want to via the PayPal button at the bottom of this post.

Depending on how much we raise, we will buy one or more of the following:

A donkey drawn mobile library…

Details on the mobile library

Click the image to view the details on Goodgifts.org

A grant to buy books for a mobile library…

Details on the book grant

Click to view the original on GoodGifts.org

A full scale, permanent library, including staff, furniture, and books…

Details of the Village library

Click to view details on Goodgifts.org

How cool would it be to buy any of that stuff! None of us can easily cover those costs on our own, but together we can raise enough cash to make a huge difference, to a great library related cause.

The organization behind this is well known in the UK, and you can see exactly what it is we’re planning to buy, by clicking on any of the images above. We’ll gather all the money donated and when we have enough we fund as many books or libraries as we can.

Please help us reach our goal by donating (note the amount is in the currency Sterling / Pounds).

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It goes without saying – although we will say it anyway! – that the paypal account we are using will ONLY be used for this project.

Please give whatever you are able, and please spread the word! You can use the share buttons at the bottom of the post to link to this post from Twitter, Facebook and so on – we are using the hashtag #buyalib. (If you’re on the homepage reading this, you may not be able to see the Share buttons – click here to go to this post specifically, where they will appear as if by magic…)

Thanks. Let’s do this!

– The Buy India A Library Team (Ned, Andromeda, Jan, and Justin)

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History – Why we did this

It´s a short history:
Ned Potter & Jan Holmquist retweeted a link from @jaffne

– Andromeda Yelton came up with the idea of joining forces via twitter to collect enough money to make this happen.

Jan Holmquist set up this blog. Then we invited Justin Hoenke to join in because he’s such a great guy.

What to do now? Please make a donation:

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See our launch post for more info on what we’re going to spend the money on. Thank you!

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