IBBY Gaza Libraries

IBBY has been supporting two children’s libraries in the Gaza Strip since 2008. One library was situated in the northern community of Beit Hanoun near the Israeli border, the other in the south in the town of Rafah, close to the border crossing with Egypt. The funding for the libraries came, to a great extent, from the great American children’s author Katherine Paterson and her family foundation. These libraries were destroyed in July 2014.

In October 2014 IBBY launched an appeal for the reconstruction of IBBY’s Gaza libraries: IBBY Appeal for Gaza 2014. In April 2017 IBBY launched a new appeal for funds to keep the libraries in Gaza open and active: IBBY Appeal for Gaza 2017. 

Photos from the libraries from 2018 can be seen here and photos from 2017 here; the newspaper article Children Libraries in Gaza…a Visa outside the Walls of the Siege can be read here.

The Gaza libraries also receive funding for education, storytelling and recreation activities from the Sharjah/IBBY Fund.