Frequently Asked Questions

What kinds of books are included in the collection?
The focus of our libraries is on reading for fun. The majority of the books are storybooks and child friendly non‐fiction with some reference books.

Do the libraries only have books?
Some of the libraries provide other learning opportunities such as computers, tablets, educational games, story‐telling, crafts and music.

What age of readers use the books?
The main focus is on books suitable for children from kindergarten through sixth grade. As readers progress books for teenagers and adults are added. Parents also borrow books to read to their younger children.

Are there any restrictions on the content of the books?
We strive to eliminate any books with political, commercial or religious agendas; we also eliminate books that we feel are violent, sexual, racist or sexist.



What types of Libros para Pueblos libraries are there?
There are three main types: 1) libraries that are part of an elementary school 2) community-managed libraries and 3) Libros para Pueblos children’s sections of state libraries.

Who administers the program?
A paid Executive Director manages day‐to‐day operations along with a Program Coordinator and an Administrative Assistant; a volunteer Board authorizes the annual budget and policies, and Executive Committee sets overall policies, creates an annual budget and oversees the operation of LPP.

Who runs the libraries?
Each library belongs to its community, and is run by local residents. Regional Volunteer Coordinators, who are usually past or current Libros para Pueblos librarians, provide support to the local librarians.

Where does the money come from?
Funds come entirely from private donations. Donations are not accepted from religious or political organizations, in order to maintain political and religious neutrality.

How are the books paid for?
The first year a library is established, a one-time contibution of US$1,750 is needed to fund the start up collection of books. For subsequent years, an annual sponsorship of US$800 pays for the books at a single library.



How does sponsorship work?
In order to open a new library a sponsorship commitment is required. You can sponsor a library as an individual, or as part of a group—such as a class or a book group. Contact us at if you are interested.

Can I sponsor a library for one year or must I make a five-year commitment?
One-time donations are always welcome and will be applied to our general operating fund. However, a minimun five-year commitment is necessary to sponsor a library to ensure the sustainability of each library.

Can I visit the library I am sponsoring?
Yes—in fact, we encourage it, and will help you do so.

How can sponsors be involved in the library that they sponsor?
That is up to your imagination. School children can write letters and send photos back and forth. Email exchanges may be possible. Visitors are welcome and long-term residents may find it possible to offer classes or get involved on a sustained basis.

Can sponsors give additional donations to their sponsored library?
Yes. Sponsors have provided additional funds for such items as computers, tablets, and monthly Internet fees.

I cannot afford to be a sponsor? Do you accept smaller donations?
Yes, however, donations will go to our unrestricted fund.

Are donations tax-deductible?
Donations are deductible in Mexico, Canada and the US. We can provide you an appropriate receipt for income tax purposes.



How does a community get a Libros para Pueblos library?
Once a community decides it would like a library, representatives submit an application. The Libros staff considers the application and makes site visits to the most promising communities. The Executive Committee makes the final selection based on a set of criteria.

What are the obligations of the community?
For a library to be successful, the community must value it. Each location is a joint effort between Libros para Pueblos and the community. The responsibilities of the community include preparing a library space; installing shelves to display books with the front covers displayed; providing appropriate furniture; appointing a librarian; developing a system so the children have the opportunity to borrow books; and maintaining regular hours. Finally, the community is required to contribute one-time 2000 pesos toward start-up costs. Community members are also involved in the day-to-day management of their library, and many go well beyond these obligations. They may do such things as assist in story-telling, offer craft classes, help the librarian with the books, teach workshops or raise money.

Still have questions? Please contact us anytime.