Libraries, especially in developing countries, are often run down and isolated, lacking financial resources or public support. These constraints limit their capacity to address the educational, health, or employment needs of local communities. LWB helps local actors create innovative and sustainable business models through income-generating activities that leverage their expertise in internet access, computer programming, the provision of educational services, and more. On a broader scale, we provide training and incubation programs that enable librarians to implement socially innovative and progressive projects, and work to promote their status as social entrepreneurs in the service of their community.
We believe that libraries, because they are widespread and open to all, are powerful tools for stimulating entrepreneurship, creativity, and collaboration, especially among young people. We support the creation of incubation spaces, FabLabs, co-working areas, and ideation libraries around the world. We imagine a future where the world’s 230,000 existing libraries are incubators of social entrepreneurship.