Ideas Cube

In 2015, Libraries Without Borders created the Ideas Cube, a portable digital library. Fully autonomous and easily portable, this innovative
tool operates without an Internet connection to provide access to information in even the most remote locations.


The Ideas Cube creates a Wi-Fi hostpot to which users can connect with the help of a smartphone, tablet or computer, in order to access thousands of educational , cultural or
training resources..

In a library, school or medical clinic in rural territories, the Ideas Cube gives access to contect in the form of text, videos or online courses and authorises a quarantine of
simultaneous connections. When connected to the Internet, the Ideas Cube can be updated to provide new content. The data and frequency of utilisation are arranged and
collected to best correspond to the needs in the target terrain.


The Ideas Cube emits a Wi-Fi signal that can reahch up to 30 meters depending on the environment

Up to 40 users can connect simultaneously using a smartphone, tablet or computer

The battery allows for up to 5 hours of autonomy and can be recharged using solar panels!


The Ideas Cube grants access to thousands of practical resources, selecter by our teams and adapted to the needs of the users: websites, videos, PDF documents, learning or training platforms and cultural resources (Wikipedia, Khan Academy, TEDtalks, a selection of issues from the library of the Gutenberg Project).

These resources are consulted by users (with their own equipment or with that provided within the framework of the project) through a dedicated interface, which is organized by category and easy to navigate. These can be downloaded locally otherwise.


Important structures such as schools, training centers, libraries and medical centers, in various contexts, suffer from a lack of easily accessible and relevant pedagogical resources, disrupting their activities.

Digital platforms can provide useful resources for such structures, yet without access to an Internet connection and related equipment, their use remains limited.

Similarly, the lack of understanding of these tools and the difficulty of discerning the quality of online resources can pose another barrier to their effective use. By integrating content revelant to
each specific context with the help of its partners, BSF allows users to surmount these difficulties.

-> In Burundi, for example, 14 Ideas Cubes are deployed in different Professional Training Centers to support professional development, as is the case in all academic establishments in Saint-Martin, where all such resources were destroyed by hurricane Irma.

Certain populations living in secluded or inaccessible zones cannot benefit from services provided by aid-facilitating organizations. By equipping mobile teams with an Ideas Cube, which is easily portable and operates without an Internet connection, BSF allows its partner organizations to reach all populations, even those which are most isolated. Groups equipped with the Ideas Cube are also able to, depending on the context of the deployment, organize activities which allow participants to share, learn and express themselves individually or collectively.

-> This approach proves notably effective in amerliorating protection services proposed for refugees in
isolated zones in the provinces of Ma’an and Karak in Jordan, or for adolescent rohingya who cannot easily reach community spaces in refugee camps in Bangladesh. However, it is equally useful in projects in risk zones that are not easily accessible (health prevention, demining, etc.).

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate!