Partners and awards

In order to make our work possible, Libraries Without Borders works alongside a wide variety of financial or operational partners, businesses, foundations, institutions, communities and NGOs. Their support is crucial to the implementation of our projects among the most vulnerable populations. In recognition of our work, Libraries Without Borders has received several prizes and awards.

Main partners

Private sector partners

Logo Fondation Pierre Bellon
Logo of the Clinton Global Initiative
Logo Société Générale
Logo Fondation Bill et Mélinda Gates
Logo Alexander Soros Foundation
Logo Starck
Logo Fondation Orange
Logo Thales Foundation
Logo Tralalere

Institutional partners


Non-profit partners



Logo of the Clinton Global Initiative

The Clinton Global Initiative gathers global leaders across the world to create and set up innovative solutions to respond to mankind’s most pressing challenges. Libraries Without Borders was invited to present its initiatives before a gathering of political representatives, CEOs, and major philanthropists in September, 2016.

On March 10th, 2015, the Ideas Box was distinguished in the contest, “La France s’engage”, an initiative from the French government aiming to be a true “accelerator” for social projects. As a partner of this initiative, Libraries Without Borders has been able to work on reducing the manufacturing costs of the Ideas Box and expanding the initiative throughout France and the rest of the world.

In 2015, Ashoka, the largest network of social entrepreneurs in the world, invested Jeremy Lachal as one of its members. LWB, through its General director, is as a result part of the Ashoka fellow network and is recognized as an innovative participant, with a hybrid model. Thanks to the support of this powerful network, LWB will be able to develop new projects around social entrepreneurship to build durable library models in developing countries, with for example, the program Ideas Box 4 entrepreneurs.

In 2015, Libraries Without Borders was awarded the Google Impact Challenge France with the Ideas Box. The contest rewards bold projects that use digital technology to change the world. LWB thus benefits from 500,000 euros of financing, but also partnerships with the Social Factory and Googlers to prepare the deployment of new Ideas Box across the world.

In November 2015, LWB obtained the label IDEAS which confirms good governance, proper financial management, and effectiveness of our organization’s actions. The constant support of IDEAS volunteers allows LWB to professionalize its operations, to reinforce its transparence, and to better measure its efficiency.

In 2010, LWB was awarded the Grand Culture Prize of the Louis D. Foundation by the French Institute for its actions in Haiti in the category of post-earthquake reconstruction. The Grand Prize allowed LWB to work for 3 years in the country creating field libraries, supporting networks of public reading, and strengthening university libraries.

All our partners

Better World Books


Penpal Schools


Académie de Créteil

Administration for Native Americans of the US Federal Government

Ambassade de France en République Démocratique du Congo


Detroit Public Library Teen Hype Center

Clark Park


Institut Français du Burundi

École Nationale d’Administration de Kinshasa


Farwell Recreation Center

Mason Academy

Priest Elementary School

State Library of Queensland

United Way of Southeastern Michigan

Southwest Solutions

American Library Association (The)

Autists Without Borders (Épône)

Center for Reading and Cultural Activities of Yaoundé (CLAC)

Coeur de Forêt

Collectif (Le)

Golightly Educational Center