As a young Republic, Togo is one of the smallest states in Africa and is today home to nearly 5.5 million inhabitants.


In order to make up for the low rate of literacy among its very young population, a project was carried out by the Yvelines General Council to support the development of a network of five public libraries in the Lake District.
Led by the Yvelines Departmental Library with support from LWB, the program sought to increase the size of the collections (the African collection, in particular) at these 5 libraries, support training of staff and assist in the development of pay services intended to  underwrite the financial autonomy of these structures.

Our Approach

To this end, a donation of 2000 carefully chosen books left for Togo from the LWB warehouse in October 2010. This donation was complemented by the purchase of books from local book stores and publishers.

Our Work in Togo

Public Network Reading in Togo


Education and Culture for All

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The project reflects LWB’s desire to assist book donation efforts. To be effective, book donation must be part of an approach that brings together local actors. It thereby becomes a means to encourage the growth of book networks in the countries of the Global South.

Between November 23rd and 30th, 2010, LWB’s project coordinator, Anna Soravito, conducted an expert mission to look into resource development and self-financing at the Aného libraries.


  • To extend and facilitate the population’s access to reading, culture and education.
  • To encourage professionalization of the book network in the Lake District.
  • To create financially and humanly durable libraries.
  • To establish contacts between structures in order to facilitate the sharing of best practices and allow collections to circulate.


  • The compilation and dispatch of 2,000 books.
  • The acquisition of library management material.
  • The creation of an inter-library exchange network joining together the 5 libraries of the Lake District.
  • Promotion and expansion of African collections.
  • Establishment of paying services within the libraries to generate revenue for annual operating budgets.


  • The 25,000 inhabitants of Aného, administrative capital of the Lake District.
  • The 7,000 inhabitants of Agouégan and those of 3 other towns and villages.


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