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

Rebuilding Libraries Affected by 2017 Natural Disasters

After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries awarded grants of $10,000 to $75,000 to school libraries whose collections were damaged or destroyed in the hurricanes. This year, after the devastation we have seen from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria as well the California wildfires, we have again dedicated our resources to disaster-affected schools to rebuild their book collections.

2806 2806 schools have received a grant.

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Our Impact

$16560811 $16560811 has been awarded in funds.

How To Apply

724000 724000 estimated books and materials have been purchased with these funds.

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Applying for Our Grant

School libraries affected by 2017 natural disasters are invited to apply for Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries grants. Applications will open shortly.

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