What We Do

The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries provides funds to our Nation’s neediest schools so that they can extend, update, and diversify the book and print collections in their libraries with the goal of encouraging students to develop a love of reading and learning.

About the foundation

“As First Lady, I visited schools and libraries across our country where I noticed that many school libraries had empty shelves, and their collections and reference books were terribly out of date.”

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2591 2591 schools have received a grant.

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Our Impact

$13412060 $13412060 has been awarded in funds.

How To Apply

754000 754000 estimated books and materials have been purchased with these funds.

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Applying for Our Grant

Schools must meet certain criteria to be eligible for a library grant from the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries. 

How to apply

  1. Applications Open

    October 11, 2016

  2. Applications Close

    December 12, 2016 (midnight)

  3. 2017 Awards Announced

    May 2017