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ORGANIZATION: Access Books Bay Area

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Access Books Bay Area needs the skills of a trained children's librarian to help us develop the collections of school libraries serving children living in poverty in the Bay Area, many of whom have been disproportionately impacted by the combination of a year and a half of at-home learning with no access to a library and ongoing quarantines and school disruptions due to COVID-19. Our grants allow schools serving 80% or more children living at or below the federal poverty line to add brand new, high quality, diverse books to their school library collections, many of which have not been regularly funded in decades.

As a part of the Access Books Bay Area staff you would work with our operations team to assess the collections of applicant schools, collaborate with the library staff at the school to weed their current collection and decide on new book purchases, and work with our vendors and cataloging provider to get the books and processing needed for the library. An occasional site visit to a school in SF, the Peninsula, the East Bay, or the South Bay would be required, but the rest of the process is generally done remotely. Your help would also be appreciated on our project days at the schools. We usually carry out between 3 and 4 projects per year.

We are currently a small, all-volunteer organization, and over 90% of our funding goes directly towards our projects.

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About Access Books Bay Area


80 Harriet Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, US

Mission Statement

Our mission is to level the literacy playing field for K-8 students living in poverty by providing high quality, high-interest, culturally relevant books, and a transformed school library space that invites students to spend time and read. We believe that books change lives, and that for children living in poverty, the school library is the best way to connect children with pleasure reading books. Studies have shown that reading for pleasure is one of the single greatest indicators of future academic success, yet the state of California provides no dedicated funding for school libraries, and many of the schools in the Bay Area have not funded their school libraries for decades, leading to out-dated collections and unattractive facilities. Our organization changes lives by making sure that the school library is an attractive place full of wonderful, interesting, recent, and culturally relevant books that will help them become lifelong readers.


We provide books to low-income schools where approximately 90 percent of students live at or below the poverty line. Most students at the schools we serve are children of color and children of immigrants. Our organization provides brand new, hardcover, high quality books to school libraries and gently used books to teachers for classroom libraries, as well as improving the library space by painting colorful, reading-based murals and providing new comfortable reading furniture.

We complete 2-3 library renovation projects each academic year, each taking place on a Saturday from 9am - 2pm. Volunteers from partner community service organizations collect the gently used books to be donated and provide volunteers for the project day.
We serve school around the bay area, although most of our work to date has been concentrated in the south bay and peninsula areas. We have renovated nine elementary and middle school libraries in high poverty areas to date, and have applications pending for four more, one of which will be renovated this spring.

Since our founding in 2016, we have provided over 5000 new books, and 15,000 used books to schools. We have served nearly 4000 students and their families, have worked with more than a dozen different service organizations, and have had almost 400 volunteers work on our projects.


Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Race & Ethnicity
Children & Youth, Education & Literacy, Race & Ethnicity


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San Francisco Bay AreaSan Francisco, CA 94103







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